Malaysia

Former lawyer faces 46 money-laundering charges

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — A former lawyer was brought before the Sessions Court again today, to face 46 charges of money-laundering involving RM7.8 million.

S. Kanawagi, 71, who on March 30, this year was charged with 11 counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM12 million, claimed trial to the money-laundering charges.

He is accused of acquiring RM7.8 million from the Orang Asli (Jakuns) Trust account, allegedly from proceeds derived unlawfully, between February 2003 and March 2008, at Bank Pertanian Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur branch in Leboh Pasar Besar near here.

Meanwhile, Kanawagi was further charged jointly with his son, K. Dinesh Kanavaji, also a former lawyer, with three counts of receiving more than RM13 million, allegedly derived from unlawful activities.

On the first count, the duo are jointly accused of receiving RM7 million, allegedly derived unlawfully, from Sharifah & Associates through a CIMB Bank cheque and credited the amount into a Maybank Berhad account of Virgin Properties Sdn Bhd on Aug 4, 2008.

On the second count, Kanawagi and Dinesh Kanavaji are jointly accused of using RM5,752,720, allegedly illicit proceeds, through a Maybank banker’s cheque to pay Aziz Zakaria Shaiful & Wan on Aug 7, 2008.

On the third count, they are jointly accused of receiving RM628,080, allegedly illicit proceeds, through a Maybank Berhad cheque on Aug 11, 2008 at Maybank Berhad, Dataran Maybank Bangsar branch, No 1, Jalan Maarof near here.

Judge Mahmud Abdullah set bail at RM350,000 for Kanawagi and RM100,000 for Dinesh Kanavaji in one surety each, and fixed Feb 12 for re-mention.

Last March, Kanawagi pleaded not guilty to the 11 CBT charges involving the Linggui Valley Orang Asli Trust; Dinesh Kanajavi was charged with abetment in approving the withdrawal of RM7 million from the trust fund. — Bernama

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