No-go for prosecution’s bid to transfer Bung-Zizie case to High Court

Former Felcra chairman Bung Moktar Radin and his wife, Zizie Izzette.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has thrown out the prosecution’s application to transfer the corruption trial of former Felcra chairman Bung Moktar Radin and his wife, Zizie Izzette, from the Sessions Court.

Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said the Sessions Court is no less competent to hear the couple’s RM2.8 million corruption case.

“The fact that all parties agreed to the transfer application does not prevent the court from exercising its duty to carefully consider the merits of the application under Section 417(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code,” he said.

“The charges filed against them under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act do not seem to involve any novel issues,” he added in dismissing the application by deputy public prosecutor Allan Suman Pillai.

The court also said case transfers should not be ordered if they do not promote judicial efficiency and cause delays in the trial.

Allan earlier urged the court to allow the transfer request on grounds that questions of law may be raised during the trial.

He said the “bungalow trial” of former Selangor menteri besar Khir Toyo had also been heard at the High Court.

Lawyer K Kumaraendran, representing Bung and Zizie, raised no objection to the transfer bid.

Bung was accused of receiving RM2.8 million in bribes to secure a RM150 million investment for Felcra with Public Mutual Bhd through two unit trust fund investment accounts belonging to Zizie.

Zizie, an actress, was accused of abetting her husband.

The offence allegedly took place at the Public Bank Taman Melawati branch here between June 12 and June 19, 2015.