Zahid’s Trial: Witness Admits Negligence in Handling Zahid’s Cheques

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A former executive secretary to Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi admitted to the High Court here today of her negligence in handling Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques when making payments for credit cards belonging to the former deputy prime minister.

Major Mazlina Mazlan @ Ramly, 42, who is the main prosecution witness, said it was her mistake in having made payments which exceeded the amount required for the credit cards using the foundation’s cheques.

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He said this when cross-examined by Ahmad Zahid’s lawyer, Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, on the 40th day trial of the UMNO president who is facing charges for corruption, abuse of power and money laundering, laundering, involving millions of ringgit from Yayasan Akalbudi’s funds.

Ahmad Zaidi: Referring to a credit card statement, dated Dec 28, 2013, with current balance (amount due) of RM65,153.32, but Puan Mazlina paid more, which was RM71,283.17 in two cheques for RM63,701.52 and RM7, 581.65, respectively.

Mazlina: Yes.

The woman, who is the 90th prosecution witness, agreed with Ahmad Zaidi that it was her mistake.

Ahmad Zaidi: In the witness statement, Puan Mazlina did say that Datuk Seri Zahid is a meticulous person, if he (Ahmad Zahid) is meticulous, he would not allow the excess payment.

Mazlina: Disagree.

Ahmad Zaidi: Puan Mazlina never showed the credit card statements and cheques for the payment to Datuk Seri Zahid.

Mazlina: Yes.

Questioned by Ahmad Zaidi, how did she made payment by cheque, dated Jan 7, 2014,with the correct amount, when the credit card statement only came out on Jan  28, 2014, Mazlina said, “I mistyped the date (January) on the check, it should be February.”

Ahmad Zaidi: This also shows your carelessness?

Mazlina: Yes.

To another question, whether the stamp with Ahmad Zahid’s signature was used to stamp certificates and invitation cards, Mazlina said “Yes”.

She told the court that she was not aware that Yayasan Akalbudi Foundation had never made any ‘special resolution’ or given a stamp specimen to Affin Bank for use on behalf of the foundation.

However, she disagreed with the lawyer who said that Ahmad Zahid allowed the stamp to be used only once.

Last Tuesday, Mazlina told the court that Ahmad Zahid gave her the permission to use the stamp with his signature on Yayasan Akalbudi’s cheques for payments of his credit cards in 2014.

Ahmad Zahid, 67, is facing 47 charges, with 12 of them involving criminal breach of trust, eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit in funds belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.

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The prosecution is led by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran, while the defence team is led by lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik.

The hearing is before judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah.


Earlier reports:

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