More than RM25 million was deposited into the proxy account of Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi by several entities since 2016, witnesses revealed in the High Court today.
Ten bank officers who took the stand in Ahmad Zahid’s RM6 million graft trial today said the cheques were issued by their clients to the law firm Lewis & Co., the trustee for Yayasan Akalbudi, from which Zahid is accused of having misappropriated funds.
The 10 are – Mar Sai Chin, 49; Lina Zailan, 32; Yusri Md Kasri, 49; Lau Ai Mai, 46; Suzaliza Kamari, 44; Sharifah Shifah Syed Zainol, 56; Mohd Zulkarnain Ab Latiff, 40; G Jayachantran, 42; Au Lai Ban, 51; and Wong Shiau Phing, 44.
All of them, when testifying from the witness stand, said the transactions from their clients’ accounts to Lewis & Co.’s account were legitimate and followed all their respective bank’s standard operating procedures (SOPs).
When asked by deputy public prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong if they knew why the cheques had been made out to law firm Lewis & Co, most of them said they had no knowledge of this.
The High Court heard that 40 transactions, mostly via cheques and bank drafts worth RM25,952,770 bearing the payee name Lewis & Co, were issued between March 2016 and March 2018.
The cheques were issued by several individuals and companies such as Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd, HRA Teguh Sdn Bhd, MYEG Sdn Bhd, Chia Bee Enterprise Sdn Bhd, and KG Rajan Gunaretnam.
On Oct 19 and Dec 14, 2018 and Dec 20, last year, Ahmad Zahid, 67, pleaded not guilty to a total of 47 charges, 12 of which are for criminal breach of trust (CBT), eight for bribery and 27 for money-laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.
The trial before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues tomorrow. – NST
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