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Lawyer Shafee gets temporary access to passport for travel to Australia

Law firm Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah informed the courtroom that there have been some corrections in the supporting affidavit in his software for the passport, which had been submitted to the court as a bail issue. — Image by Shafwan Zaidon

Monday, 05 Sep 2022 3:40 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — The Large Court listed here currently permitted an software by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for short term entry to his passport to enable him to travel to Australia for a conference with a Queen’s Counsel from the United Kingdom.

Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin permitted the launch of the lawyer’s passport from this September 6 to 12 right after deputy community prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz did not object to the software.

Before, Muhammad Shafee told the court docket that there ended up some corrections in the supporting affidavit in his application for the passport, which had been submitted to the court docket as a bail ailment.

“In the affidavit, I only mentioned that I’ll fulfill the Queen’s Counsel, Geoffrey Robertson, in Melbourne. I ask Your Honour for authorization to amend it by introducing Sydney as the place of the conference.

“This is mainly because Geoffrey Robertson has a dwelling in Melbourne, but he operates from his brother’s firm at Martin area Sydney, so I could have to go to the two places,” he reported.

His law firm, Wee Yeong Kang, then requested the courtroom to make it possible for his consumer entry to his passport for journey among September 6 to 12, 2022 and for it to be returned to the court docket on September 14, 2022.

Prior to this, Muhammad Shafee, who was the direct counsel in previous primary minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s circumstances relating to SRC Worldwide Sdn Bhd and 1Malaysia Growth Berhad (1MDB), experienced been allowed to travel abroad on numerous situations immediately after he was charged in courtroom.

The 70-year-aged lawyer surrendered his passport to the court in September 2018 just after he was billed with two counts of acquiring dollars amounting to RM9.5 million, allegedly from illegal activities, by way of two cheques issued by Najib which had been deposited into his CIMB Bank Berhad account.

Muhammad Shafee is also facing two costs of engaging in transactions ensuing from unlawful actions, namely distributing incorrect tax returns and in violation of Paragraph 113(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 1967 for the money several years ending December 31, 2013, and December 31, 2014.

On May possibly 12, the prosecution shut the scenario following calling eight witnesses. The oral submission has been fixed for this Sept 15 right before choose Muhammad Jamil. — Bernama