Prosecution seeks to transfer Zahid’s corruption case to KL

Former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi faces 87 charges for alleged criminal breach of trust, money laundering and bribery.

SHAH ALAM: The prosecution in the corruption case of former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi over the home ministry’s contract for a foreign visa system is seeking to transfer the case to the court in Kuala Lumpur.

Deputy public prosecutor Gan Peng Kun told Sessions Court judge Rozina Salleh that the transfer application was filed on July 24.

However, he did not explain why the prosecution is seeking the transfer.

Zahid is accused of receiving money from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd to extend its contract to manage the one-stop centre in China and VLN or overseas passport programmes.

He was slapped with seven corruption charges amounting to S$4.24 million at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on June 26.

Another 33 corruption charges amounting to RM42.7 million were filed against him here the following day.

His lawyer, Ahmad Zaidi Zainal, said he would object to the prosecution’s bid to move the case to Kuala Lumpur.

“We filed our own transfer application earlier, on July 15, to move his KL case here,” he said, adding that the court documents were given to the prosecution as well.

He said the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur would hear the transfer bid on Wednesday.

Rozina said the court would set another mention date on Aug 14 for the prosecution and defence to sort out the issue of location.

“When you know where the case will be heard, you can proceed to exchange trial documents,” she added.

Zahid faces a total of 87 charges for alleged criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving his family-run foundation Yayasan Akal Budi, money laundering as well as accepting bribes for various projects during his tenure in the home ministry.

His trial for the CBT and corruption cases will start on Nov 18 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.