July 28 new case management for prosecution's appeal in Zahid's VLN case

12 May 2023 03:59pm
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi - BERNAMA
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi - BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA - The Court of Appeal has fixed July 28 for another case management for the prosecution’s appeal against Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's acquittal of 40 charges of corruption in connection with the foreign visa (VLN) system.

A case management for the appeal was conducted before Court of Appeal senior assistant registrar Nurul Azrina Mohamed Yusof today who fixed the new case management date.

Ahmad Zahid’s lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, when contacted by Bernama, confirmed a further case management date was fixed following a request by the prosecution for another date for the Attorney-General’s Chambers to consider Ahmad Zahid’s representation for the prosecution to discontinue its appeal.

The prosecution filed a notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal on Sept 26, last year against the Shah Alam High Court's decision to acquit and discharged Ahmad Zahid, who is now deputy prime minister, of all the charges after ruling that the prosecution had not made out a prima facie case against him.

The Umno president pleaded not guilty to 33 counts of receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56 million from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) for himself as home minister to extend the contract of the company as the operator of a one-stop centre (OSC) service in China and the VLN system, as well as to maintain its contract with the home ministry to supply the VLN integrated system.

According to the charge sheet, Ahmad Zahid, who was former home minister, was alleged to have committed those offences at Seri Satria, Precinct 16, Putrajaya and Country Heights, Kajang, between October 2014 and March 2018.

He also claimed trial to 33 alternative charges under Section 165 of the Penal Code, where he was charged in his capacity as a home minister with receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56 million in relation to the VLN system between 2014 and 2017.

For the other seven charges, he was alleged to have obtained for himself cash of S$1,150,000, RM3 million, 15,000 Swiss francs and US$15,000 from the same company, which he knew had a connection with his official functions.

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Ahmad Zahid was charged for allegedly committing the offences at a house in Country Heights, Kajang, between June 2015 and October 2017.

In its petition of appeal filed on Dec 29, last year, the prosecution, submitted 14 reasons focusing on the findings of fact and law made by the High Court judge on the question of whether there was bribery in the giving and receiving of money in the case. - BERNAMA

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