Zahid still on sick leave, graft trial postponed to Sept 28

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The Shah Alam High Court today allowed Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s application to postpone his corruption trial as he is still on sick leave.

Bernama

The Umno president is facing 40 corruption charges over bribes allegedly received in connection to the Foreign Visa System (VLN).

Judge Datuk Mohd Yazid Mustafa accepted the medical certificate (MC) produced by Zahid’s lawyers as proof that Zahid is unwell and on sick leave until September 4.

“Based on the content of the MC as prima facie evidence, the court accepts that the accused is not fit to return to duty until September 4.

“The court appreciates the commitment shown by the accused and asks that the same commitment be continued in the remaining days of the trial,” he said.

He added that the court had also taken judicial notice that Dr Mohd Shahir Anuar from Avisena Specialist Hospital in Shah Alam had appeared before the Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah to explain Zahid’s medical condition.

However, the judge stressed that he will not allow any further postponement of the trial.

The judge then fixed continued trial dates on September 28, October 22, November 18 and 19, and December 20 to 24 of this year.

Zahid, 68, is facing 33 charges for allegedly receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56 million (RM42 million) from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd in his capacity as a civil servant and the then home minister.

The money is said to be an inducement for Zahid to extend Ultra Kirana’s contract as the operator of the One Stop Centre in China and the VLN system, as well as to maintain the agreement to supply VLN integrated system paraphernalia to the same company by the Home Ministry.

For the balance seven charges, Zahid was alleged to have accepted S$1,150,000 (RM3,546,655.63), RM3,000,000, €15,000 (RM75,663) and US$15,000 (RM62,115) in cash from the same company which he knew had a connection with his function as the then home minister.