Part 1: Introduction
Abdul Ghani bin Tahir v Public Prosecutor  SGHC is a landmark case is based on the issue of money laundering offences committed through bank accounts belonging to a company. This is the first prosecution of its kind under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act (“CSDA”), which subsequently led to the conviction and imprisonment of the director of a company due to neglect that contributed to the company’s bank accounts being used for the purposes of money laundering. It is also the first reported case of a director who was sentenced to imprisonment for failing to exercise reasonable diligence under section 157(1) of the (“Companies Act”).
This appeal to the High Court led to the imprisonment term for the Defendant director to be reduced by more than half. In doing so, the Court established sentencing guidelines for the relevant offences regarding situations which warrant custodial sentences, relevant aggravating factors, and the corresponding starting points for sentencing.
The High Court also overturned a cost order issued against the Defendant for the conduct of his defence at the trial court.