Shahrir Samad gets back Honda Civic from MACC four months after money laundering acquittal
KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — Umno veteran Tan Sri Shahrir Samad has finally been able to collect his family’s Honda Civic Hybrid from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after being cleared of money laundering charges in January.
The 73-year-old said he went to pick up the car from the Selangor MACC in Shah Alam with his lawyer Syahrul Syazwan Salehin after the Friday prayers yesterday.
“Even though it’s been four months since the AMLA/LHDN case against me was dropped, I am happy to get back my car that has become ‘famous’ during the trial,” he posted on Facebook yesterday.
He also shared a picture of the white Honda Civic parked in a shaded area with the words seizure warehouses in the background.
He had posted about the delay in getting back his car a week ago, pointing out that the prosecution had returned his bail money and passport a day after withdrawing the charges, which led the High Court to grant him a full discharge and acquittal on January 5.
Shahrir was charged on January 21, 2020 with money laundering by failing to declare a RM1 million cheque from then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in November 2013 as income for the year 2013 to the Inland Revenue Board.
Shahrir was Johor Baru MP and the Umno division chief at that time and faced a maximum punishment of five years in jail, a RM5 million, or both under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 — which would disqualify from public office if convicted.