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Senior cop Datuk Ku Chin Wah enters defence on graft charge

KUALA LUMPUR: Former City Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah was ordered by the Sessions Court to enter his defence on a charge of failing to declare his commission, worth almost RM1 million, three years ago.

Judge Sohaini Alias made the order after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in proving a prima facie case against the accused.

The court also allowed an application by deputy public prosecutor Budiman Lutfi Mohamed to amend the charge by adding the term “with intention” to the charge.

Ku was ordered to enter his defence on Feb 6.

Ku, 58, who is now attached to the Bukit Aman CID Management Division, pleaded not guilty to failing to declare his aquisition of a RM961,500 commission in a sworn declaration.

He allegedly committed the offence at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya between Dec 23, 2013 and Jan 21, 2014.

Ku was charged under Section 49 (3) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, which carries a maximum RM1 million fine or jail term of not more than a year, or both, upon conviction.

It was reported that a probe on a senior officer with a ‘Datuk’ title – linked to a case of money laundering involving RM6 million – had led to a massive transfer of senior officers nationwide.

The money was discovered in various accounts. -nst

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