Former Sabah CM Musa Aman acquitted of corruption and money laundering charges


KUALA LUMPUR — The High Court acquitted former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman of all his 46 corruption and money laundering charges in connection with timber concession contracts in Sabah.

The decision was made by Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin after deputy public prosecutor Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid informed the court that the prosecution had decided to withdraw all charges against the former Sabah Chief Minister in the two cases related to corruption and money laundering.

On the 30 counts of corruption, Musa in his capacity as Sabah chief minister and Sabah Foundation Board of Trustees chairman alleged to have received US$50.1 million from eight logging concessionaires as an inducement to approve logging concessions to 16 companies.

On another 16 counts of money-laundering, Musa alleged to have instructed Richard Christopher Barnes, 67, to open an account at UBS AG Bank, Singapore, under the name of Richard Christopher Barnes, through which he intended to receive proceeds from illegal activities.