Ex-CID chief charged with money laundering

Ku (centre) allegedly failed to declare profits from a "commission" in a sworn statement dated Jan 8, 2014.
Ku (centre) allegedly failed to declare profits from a "commission" in a sworn statement dated Jan 8, 2014.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR • Former chief of Kuala Lumpur's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Ku Chin Wah has been charged under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 over a "commission" of nearly RM1 million (S$335,000).

Ku had allegedly breached the terms of a prosecutor's notice under Section 49(1) of the Act by failing to declare profits from a "commission" of RM961,500 in a sworn statement dated Jan 8, 2014, The Star reported.

Although not many details of the case have surfaced, The Malaysian Insider news website referred to one of its reports two years ago that 60 policemen were under investigation in one of the biggest anti-graft operations carried out by various agencies.

The investigations began after a disgruntled policeman who was part of the group spilled the beans when he became dissatisfied with his monthly payoff, the website said. Ku's offence was allegedly committed between Dec 23, 2013, and Jan 21, 2014, at the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in Putrajaya.

If found guilty, Ku can be sentenced to a maximum of one year in jail or slapped with a fine not exceeding RM1 million, or both.

Ku pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Kuala Lumpur Special Sessions Court for Corruption on Friday. The case has been set for mention on Feb 23.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 24, 2016, with the headline 'Ex-CID chief charged with money laundering'. Print Edition | Subscribe