Zahid’s trial: Companies linked to case had no business activities, but huge amount of transactions recorded

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MACC investigating officer dismissed the idea that bribery and corruption could only take place via cash transactions, adding that fund transfers through banks have been used in corruption cases.

TMI

Three companies linked to the corruption case of former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi were merely apartment units with no signs of business activities, a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer revealed.

Mohd Zamri Abdul Rashid, 36, said this was based on his investigation into the financial status of the companies, namely Mastoro Kenny IT Consultant & Services, Jogabonito Jewellery & Diamonds and Berani & Jujur Trading.

The 92nd prosecution witness also told the High Court that he found that a huge amount of monies was actively going in and out of the bank account of Berani & Jujur Trading.

“Based on my investigations, Berani & Jujur Trading did not have any employees and the registered address of the company was an apartment unit. There was also no sign of business activities carried out at the premises.

“This was also the case with Mastoro Kenny and Jogabonito Jewellery,” he said during re-examination by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi.

Zamri was testifying in Zahid’s trial over 47 charges of money-laundering, bribery and criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving millions of ringgit.

According to the 11th, 12th and 13th charges, Zahid who was then the Minister of Home Affairs was alleged to have received bribes from the three companies via 10 cheques totalling RM13.25 million through Junaith Asharab Md Shariff as an inducement to help Mastoro Kenny to secure projects from MyEG under the ministry.

Junaith Asharab, who was a witness in the trial, runs Berani & Jujur Trading, a textile wholesale company.

During cross-examination by Zahid’s lawyer Hamidi Mohd Noh, the witness disagreed that the monies from the three companies were donations to charity foundation Yayasan Akalbudi which belonged to Zahid.

He also disagreed with the lawyer’s contention that the investigation he conducted was made in a biased manner.

Hamidi: You said on Oct 8, 2018, you received instructions to conduct investigations into the three companies?

Zamri: Yes

Hamidi: Do you agree, and this is a fact, that Zahid was charged on Oct 19, 2018?

Zamri: Correct

Hamidi: Do you agree that from Oct 8 to Oct 19 is 11 days?

Zamri: Yes

Hamidi: Do you agree that that is only a short time for one to investigate until the accused was charged?

Zamri: I agree

He also agreed with the lawyer that investigations were still going on after Zahid was charged to obtain the original copies of the cheques related to the case which required time.

Zamri then explained during re-examination by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Afif Ali that his investigations actually started in June 2018.

“I gathered evidence and facts needed until the accused was charged and I am confident that my investigations were based on these facts I gained at that time. This is not biasness,” he said.

Zamri also said cheques received by Zahid could not have been “donations”, He dismissed the idea that bribery and corruption could only take place via cash transactions, adding that fund transfers through banks have been used in corruption cases.

Yesterday, the High Court was told that Zahid received two cheques valued at RM6 million from Datasonic Group Bhd (DGB) deputy managing director Chew Ben Ben, which was then handed over to Messrs Lewis & Co.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Mohd Hizar Farhan Abdul Razi, 32, said both cheques were handed over by Chew to Zahid at the former deputy prime minister’s official residence in Seri Satria, Putrajaya in 2017.

The court had been told before this that Lewis & Co was the trustee of Yayasan Akalbudi, owned by Zahid.

Based on the 14th and 15th charge, Zahid is alleged to have received bribes amounting to RM6 million from Chew as inducement to appoint Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB) to implement a five-year passport chip project, or 12.5 million chips for the Malaysian passport polycarbonate biodata page for the Immigration Department, through direct negotiations under the Home Ministry (KDN).

The trial before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues.


Earlier reports:

Aug 28, Zahid’s Trial: Witness Admits Negligence in Handling Zahid’s Cheques

Aug 25, Zahid’s Trial Allowed Use of Signature Stamp on Yayasan Akalbudi Cheques

Aug 24, Zahid’s Trial: Lewis & Cp Never Appointed as Yayasan Al-Falah Trustee

Aug 14, Zahid’s Trial: Lewis & Co Never Appointed as Yayasan Al-Falah Trustee

Aug 12, Zahid’s Trial: 92 Cheques Worth RM76M from Zahid to Law Firm

Aug 11, Zahid’s Trial: Legal Firm Not Trustee of Yayasan Akalbudi

Aug 10, Zahid Pleads Not Guilty to Amended Charges in Graft Trial

Jul 30, Zahid’s Trial: Law Firm Placed RM66.6M in Fixed Deposits, Yayasan Akalbudi Not a Client

Jul 29, Zahid’s Trial: Moneychanger Omar Ali Insists Zahid Ordered Millions in Cash Converted into Cheques

Jul 28, Zahid’s Trial: Zahid’s Daughter Said Father Had Funds for Her Takeover of Company’s Share

Jul 27, Zahid’s Trial: Businessman Donated RM6.6M to Yayasan Akalbudi to Secure Project

Jul 14, Zahid’s Trial: MyEG Director Gave RM9M to Zahid’s Foundation

Jul 3, Zahid’s Trial: More than RM1 Million in Cheques Issued to Yayasan Akalbudi Trustee

Jun 18, Zahid’s Trial: Contractor Says Zahid Paid Him RM1.4M Cash, No Records

Jun 17, Zahid’s Trial: After RM1.3M Blank Cheque Revelations, Witnesses Put Blame on Omar Ali

Jun 17, Zahid’s Trial: Wife Signed Blank Cheque Book for Moneychanger Husband’s Use

Jun 17, Zahid’s Trial: Contractor Tells Court of Dealings with Zahid’s Proxy

Jun 17, Zahid’s Trial: Brother Cited Zahid as Having Paid RM5.9M for Country Heights Bungalows

Jun 16, Zahid’s Trial Brother Bought 2 Properties Worth RM5.9M Using Foundation Money

Jun 15, Zahid’s Trial: RM25M Banked into Proxy’s Account

Mar 6, Zahid’s Trial: Cheques Issued Meant for Moneychanger Ended up in Proxy Account

Mar 3, Zahid’s Trial: RM99M Worth of Cheques Went into Foundation’s Trustee Account

Feb 20, Zahid’s Trial: Businessman Insists RM2 Million Donations to Zahid, Not Bribery for Contracts

Feb 19, Zahid’s Trial: Alleged RM6M Political Donation

Feb 15, Zahid’s Trial: Zahid Directed That Datasonics Passport Chips to Be Used

Feb 13, Zahid’s Trial: Under-Performing Firm Allowed to Resupply Passport Chips

Feb 12, Zahid’s Trial: Foundation Never Audited Its Accounts or Filed Financial Reports with SSM

Feb 11, Zahid’s Trial: Former DPM Signed 51 Foundation Cheques Worth RM31M

Dec 13, Zahid’s Trial: Earned RM44,383 a Month as DPM

Dec 12, Zahid’s Trial: RM360K All Went Towards Voter Registration, Not to Print Quran

Dec 10, Zahid’s Trial: Firm Received RM360K from Zahid’s Charity Body for Voter Registration

Dec 10, Zahid’s Trial: Insurance, Road Tax for His 20 Vehicles Paid with Foundation Funds

Dec 5, Zahid’s Trial: 39 Insurance Policies Totalling RM72K for 20 Vehicles

Dec 3, Zahid’s Trial: Couple Owns 18 Luxury Vehicles

Dec 2, Zahid’s Trial: Wife’s Credit Cards Used for LV, Harrods, Armani, RM250K Spending Limit

Nov 21, Zahid’s Trial: Day Four

Nov 21, Zahid’s Trial: Day Three

Nov 20, Schoomate: I Signed Blank Cheques on Zahid’s Order, 

Nov 19, Zahid’s Trial: Day Two

Nov 18, Zahid Embezzled RM31M Meant for the Poor