Penang Zakat CEO claims trial for 4th graft charge

Azman-Abdul-Samat-zakat-ceoGEORGE TOWN: Penang Zakat CEO Azman Abdul Samat, 50, pleaded not guilty to receiving gratification in the form of a RM1,280 Cerutti watch at the Sessions Court here today.

He allegedly received the watch from the owner of Syarikat Safa Murni Enterprise, Zaiyusri Ibrahim, who had dealings with Penang Zakat.

The offence, under the penal code, was allegedly committed at the Zakat Training Centre on Feb 27 this year.

If found guilty, Azman may be jailed up to two years, fined or both.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Ghazali Muhamad Adzri prosecuted while Azman was represented by Rajivan Nambiar and Mohamed Reza Rahim.

DPP Ghazali proposed a RM5,000 bail while Nambiar asked for a lower bail of RM2,000 since Azman had already posted bail on a different charge at the Butterworth court yesterday.

Judge Norslaha Hamzah set the bail at RM4,000 with one surety and fixed Aug 22 for mention.

Yesterday, Azman and his staff were charged with three counts of graft at the Butterworth Sessions Court. They pleaded not guilty.