A former executive of Malaysia’s national upstream company Petronas Carigali has been charged with more counts of corruption and money laundering.
Mohd Amal M Razalan pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday to a further 41 counts of graft and five more charges of money laundering totalling more than 9.5 million ringgit ($2.2 million) related to maintenance work contracts.
The 36-year-old father of two’s latest charges allege he received bribes from officials at four Malaysian companies — Synergy Spectacular, Faltech Engineering, Majestika and SAP House — via local company MGV Energy, according to national news agency Bernama.
Mohd Amal is also accused of colluding with an MGV Energy director to certify more than 50 job completion tickets to Petronas Carigali and helping Faltech obtain civil and structural maintenance services work for Malaysia’s national exploration and production company.
Parent Petronas earlier told Upstream that it would not be commenting on the ongoing legal proceedings against its former employee.
The graft charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, put to the defendant by Judge Rozilah Salleh, carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
Mohd Amal was also charged with five counts of receiving 252,043 ringgit through several bank accounts, whereby all these monies are believed to be obtained from illegal activities, according to Malaysia’s national news agency Bernama.
These five charges framed under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 could see Mohd Amal serving up to 15 years behind bars, if convicted.
On 4 January, the accused was bailed at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court after being charged with 37 counts of corruption and six counts of money laundering involving more than 6 million ringgit, and his assets have been frozen.
Mohd Amal was relieved of his services by Petronas in May.