Former Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) CEO Zahrah Abd Wahab Fenner and her son Abdulazeez Wan Ruslan were hauled to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today to face a total of 37 corruption charges involving RM5.7 million.
Zahrah, who wore a black veil, appeared in the dock with her son, who was dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt.
Both appeared calm as the court interpreter read out their charges, which took over half an hour.
She faced 33 charges involving RM5,718,000 while her son was hit with four counts involving RM160,000, with all charges framed under the MACC Act and Penal Code.
The offences were allegedly perpetrated between December 2015 and January this year.
Both mother and son will face trial together as their cases are related.
Zahrah, a chartered accountant, retired from CCM after helming the body for four years.
She was represented by Hamidi Mohd Noh, while deputy public prosecutor Allan Suman Pillai led the prosecution.
Zahrah, 60, was released on an RM300,000 bond with two sureties, while her 33-year-old son was released on an RM70,000 bond with one surety.
They have been ordered to surrender their passports to the court and report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on the first week of the month until the conclusion of their trial.
Justice Azura Alwi set case management to November 26.