Zahid slapped with seven bribery charges, claims trial

Zahid slapped with seven bribery charges, claims trial

PUCHONG: Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today claimed trial to seven charges of receiving bribes totalling S$4.24 million (RM12.91 million) as inducements to extend the contract of Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd, which was managing the One Stop Centre (OSC) in China and Visa Luar Negara (VLN) system.

He was charged under Section 16 (a)(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009 and Section 165 of the Penal Code before Sessions court judge Azura Alwi this morning.

The offence was allegedly committed during Zahid’s tenure as Home Minister between March 2017 and March 2018 at Sri Satria, Putrajaya.

According to the charge sheets, Zahid was alleged to have received two payments of SG$300,000 each in March and May 2017, two payments totalling SG$1.04 million each in September and November 2017, and three payments of SG$520,000 each, in January, February and March 2018.

Section 16(a)(b) of the MACC Act criminalises the act of corruptly soliciting, receiving or agreeing to receive gratification as an inducement or reward in relation to an officer of a public body to do something related to said body.

If found guilty, Zahid could be jailed up to 20 years, and fined not less than five times the value of the gratification involved, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Section 165 of the Penal Code makes it an offence for a public servant to accept, obtain, or agreeing to obtain, any valuable thing without or for inadequate consideration, from a person who is concerned with the official functions of the said public servant.

The Act states that such an offence is punishable with imprisonment for up to two years, fine, or both, on conviction.

Azura then granted Zahid a bail of RM200,000 with one surety.

Present at the court today were Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam, Lenggong MP Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya and her deputy Datuk Seri Azam Baki.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was also spotted talking to Zahid before the court session started.

Two days ago, Zahid was arrested at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya after he was summoned for questioning. He was later released on bail.

He is set to face further charges at the Shah Alam Sessions Court tomorrow.

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