Ex-PAS deputy chief given discharge on 16 CBT charges

FORMER Pas deputy president Datuk Nasharudin Mat Isa has been granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) over 16 counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT).

The charges involved RM321,273.80 linked to his salary as then Nassar Foundation chairperson.

However, Nasharudin still faces 14 counts of CBT and three counts of money laundering totalling over RM3.65 million.

According to Malaysiakini report, Nasharudin’s defence counsel Mohd Shukri Ahmad Mansor today informed the news portal that Shah Alam Sessions Court judge Rozilah Salleh allowed the DNAA of the 16 CBT charges during open court proceedings on Sept 22.

The 16 CBT charges were over the offence of allegedly dishonestly accepting RM321,273.80 in total as salaries for being Nassar Foundation’s chairperson between 2015 and 2018.

Shukri said this was the outcome of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) partly accepting the letter of representation sent by the accused’s defence team.

A letter of representation is a proposed method for resolving a case, such as for the charges to be dropped or for the accused to plead guilty to a lesser offence, for example.

“The letter of representation was partly accepted, whereby all 16 CBT charges (in relation to Nasharudin’s salary as then Nassar Foundation chairperson) were sought to be withdrawn by the prosecution.”

On Oct 22 last year at the Shah Alam Sessions Court, Nasharudin claimed trial to three counts of money laundering and 30 counts of CBT amounting to nearly RM4 million.

Nasharudin also faces three counts of indirect involvement in money laundering under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities (Amla) Act 2001.

He was accused of channelling the proceeds from unlawful activities amounting to RM302,069.60 to three recipients through a bank account belonging to his company, Wasatiyah Centre For Peace Sdn Bhd.

The funds were Finance Ministry allocations meant for the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The three Amla offences allegedly took place in November and December 2018, about four months after then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ordered an end to GMM’s operations.