Sabah’s former chief minister pleads not guilty to 35 charges of corruption involving US$63 million

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This story was updated at 4:50pm, Nov 5, 2018.

The former chief minister of Sabah, Tan Sri Musa Aman, has pleaded not guilty to 35 corruption-related charges on Monday (Nov 5), several media outlets have reported.

The Star reported earlier that the 67-year-old had been summoned and would be brought to court to face charges involving alleged timber concessions in Sabah.

According to a later report in The Star, Musa claimed trial to the charges of graft at a Sessions Court.

The allegations against him include receiving a total of US$63 million (RM243 million) between December 2004 and November 2008, when he was still chief minister.

These payments, supposedly made in Hong Kong and Singapore, are allegedly related to timber concessions in Sabah.

Reports by The Star and New Straits Times said that the judge granted Musa RM2 million bail in two sureties, on the condition that he surrenders his civil and diplomatic passports.

In August, Musa was arrested in a separate criminal intimidation case relating to Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, New Straits Times reported.

Meanwhile, the High Court is due to return a verdict on who the rightful Chief Minister of Sabah is on Wednesday (Nov 7).