The prosecution in the trial of former Sabah infrastructure development minister Peter Anthony, who faces charges of using false documents relating to a maintenance contract, closed its case today after calling 15 witnesses.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told sessions court judge Azura Alwi that the prosecution was resting its case after its last witness, former Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) deputy vice-chancellor Shariff Abd Kadir Shariff Omang, who was recalled for cross-examination by the defence, completed his testimony.
The judge then ordered the prosecution to file written submissions on or before Oct 8, with Oct 18 for the reply by the defence.
The court set Oct 29 for both parties to appear before her for oral submissions, before deciding whether to acquit Peter of the charges or to order him to enter his defence.
Wan Shaharuddin also informed the court that the prosecution had offered a witness to the defence, namely the Labuan Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Mohd Yusizzudin Mohd Yusuf.
During the trial of the forgery case, which began in April, the prosecution called 15 witnesses, including former prime minister Najib Razak, former treasury secretary-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and former chief justice Zaki Azmi.
At today’s proceedings, Peter was represented by counsel D Senthinathan.
Peter, 50, is charged with forging a letter from the UMS deputy vice-chancellor’s office dated June 9, 2014, by inserting a false statement in the title of the letter with the intention of using it to deceive the office of the prime minister’s principal private secretary at the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya between June 13, 2014 and Aug 21, 2014.
He is also charged with using a false document as genuine, namely a letter from the office of the deputy vice-chancellor of UMS dated June 9, 2014, which had a false statement in the title of the letter, when he had reason to believe that the document was false, at the same place and time.
Peter was charged under Section 468 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of seven years and a fine, and under Section 471 of the Penal Code punishable under Section 465 of the same law, which carries a jail term of up to two years, or a fine, or both, if convicted.