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Prosecution Opposes Muhyiddin’s Passport Release for Bangkok Restaurant Opening

In an ongoing legal dispute, the prosecution in Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s money laundering case once again objects to the former prime minister’s request for his passport release. This time, Muhyiddin seeks permission to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, on February 15th. Represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor Zander Lim Wai Keong, the prosecution argues against the release, citing insufficient grounds and potential flight risks.

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Prosecution’s Arguments

Deputy Public Prosecutor Zander Lim Wai Keong, representing the prosecution, emphasized in the counter affidavit submitted to the media that Muhyiddin’s intention to depart for Bangkok at 4:20 pm on February 15th, to attend the opening of a restaurant and strengthen acquaintances, lacked sufficient urgency. Lim deems these reasons unreasonable and asserts that Muhyiddin’s presence is crucial at the scheduled trial for three money laundering charges amounting to RM200 million.

Mandatory Presence at Trial

Lim underscored the significance of Muhyiddin’s attendance at the trial, scheduled for February 15th, as the court will consider the prosecution’s application to postpone the trial and Muhyiddin’s application to dismiss the charges. Despite being aware of these proceedings, Muhyiddin’s booking of a flight for the same date raises concerns about his commitment to legal obligations.

Flight Risk Concerns

Furthermore, Lim emphasized that Muhyiddin faces additional money laundering charges, indicating a continued flight risk. The prosecution maintains that the release of Muhyiddin’s passport poses potential challenges to legal proceedings and judicial integrity.

Muhyiddin’s Affidavit and Legal History

Muhyiddin filed an application for passport release on January 31st, citing the invitation from a close Malaysian friend to officiate the opening of a Thai restaurant in Bangkok. This request follows previous approvals for Muhyiddin’s passport release, including for a family holiday in London and a health check-up in Singapore.

Legal Background

Muhyiddin, aged 76, is embroiled in multiple charges related to alleged illegal gains, including receiving RM195 million from Bukhary Equity Sdn Bhd deposited into Bersatu’s CIMB account. He also faces charges of receiving RM5 million in illegal gains, with cases transferred to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court for joint trial. Despite being discharged of bribery charges in connection to the Jana Wibawa project, the prosecution has filed an appeal scheduled for February 28th and 29th.

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