Zahid’s case transferred to High Court

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here today transferred the case of Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is facing 47 charges involving millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akal Budi, to the High Court.

Judge Rozina Ayob transferred the case after the prosecution, conducted by deputy public prosecutor from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi, informed her that the High Court had allowed the application by the defence for case transfer.

“The application was heard before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan on Feb 21 and allowed, but the mention date at the High Court has not been set,” he said when the case came up for mention today.

Sazilee also informed the court that the prosecution had handed over more than 300 documents on the case to the defence.

“Only several documents, including cheques from several banks, have yet to be handed over, but they will be given soon,” he added.

Rozina then set March 26 for mention at the High Court. Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik is leading the defence team.

Zahid, 66, entered the court at 9.04am and was seen talking to two men, including his bailor, before proceedings began. He also greeted and shook hands with members of the media.

When proceedings started, Rozina advised the bailor to dress properly in court, drawing laughter from those present.

“Button your shirt,” she said with a smile to the bailor, whose white shirt was only buttoned halfway up.

On Oct 19 and Dec 14 last year, the Bagan Datuk MP pleaded not guilty to a total of 46 charges: 11 of criminal breach of trust (CBT), eight of corruption and 27 of money laundering involving millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akal Budi.

On Feb 20, Zahid was slapped with another CBT charge involving RM260,000 belonging to Yayasan Akal Budi.