Thursday , June 30 2022

It’s not a ridiculous case, prosecutors say in the trial against Zahid’s graft


Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (second from the right) arrives in court today. His lawyers have called the case ridiculous and described Attorney General Tommy Thomas as a “law student.” (Photo by Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR: Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi’s prosecution prosecutor said they were upset by his lawyers’ actions in calling the former prime minister’s case ridiculous.

Deputy Prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran said the defense, in its final communications, also described then-Attorney General (AG) Tommy Thomas as a “law student” in filing 47 charges against Zahid.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“The word ‘ridiculous’ does not appear in an AG’s dictionary. It acted on the basis of evidence and laws before giving its consent to prosecute,” she said in her final communications.

Zahid was first indicted in session court on October 19, 2018 during Thomas ’tenure. Thomas resigned on February 28 last year.

Zahid is on trial for 47 money laundering and CBT charges involving millions from his foundation, Yayasan Akalbudi, and accepting bribes for various projects during his tenure as interior minister.

Twelve of the charges are for CBT, eight for corruption and the remaining 27 for money laundering.

The trial began on November 18, 2019 and was heard for 52 days over a two-year period.

Trial Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah said the defense may have no intention of belittling Thomas.

“But I take note of your positioning,” he added.

The prosecution reiterated that 1.3 million RM paid to a football club, Persatuan Bola Sepak PDRM, was not in line with Yayasan Akalbudi’s goal.

“Even if the then trustees (Mohd Samsuri Tun, Zulkifli Senteri, Muhammad Nabil Saleh, Khairuddin Tarmizi) consented to the payment to the club as the defense argued, it is still not doing well.

“Yayasan Akalbudi’s trustees had to manage the money according to the memorandum and bylaws,” Rozela said.

He explained with an example of a situation in which the administrators of Yayasan Akalbudi agree to buy a yacht.

“Buying a yacht goes against Yayasan Akalbudi’s goal of eradicating poverty. Then, all of them can be accused of misappropriation of funds, “said Rozela.

The hearing continues before Sequerah on October 18th.

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