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MACC Arrests Najib's Lawyer Shafee Abdullah Under Anti-Money Laundering Act

He was arrested at KLIA.

Cover image via Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail

Earlier today, 13 September, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, lawyer of former prime minister Najib Razak, was arrested by MACC

He was picked up by a team of investigators at the KLIA about 6am today.

MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner Azam Baki confirmed that Shafee would be charged later today under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amla) 2001, reported Malaysiakini.

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Shafee's arrest follows Anwar's announcement last week that the Attorney-General's Chambers had issued an affidavit affirming Shafee was paid RM9.5 million before he sent Anwar to jail in 2014

The transaction purportedly occurred while Shafee led the prosecution's appeal against Anwar's acquittal of a sodomy charge in 2014.

Anwar was sentenced to jail on 7 March 2014, less than three weeks after Shafee received a total of RM9.5 million from Najib's bank account.

Shafee received the RM9.5 million in two transactions from Najib's bank account. The first transaction of RM4.3 million was received on 13 September 2013, and another RM5.2 million transaction was received on 17 February 2014.

Details of Shafee's bank accounts were obtained for investigations under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Shafee Abdullah is the lead defence counsel for Najib, who is currently out on bail after he was charged with money laundering, criminal breach of trust, and abuse of power. Here are updates:

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