Zahid’s corruption trial deferred for talks on Cabinet line-up

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s criminal breach of trust (CBT) and corruption trial at the High Court has been adjourned for a day as he needs to discuss Cabinet appointments with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed the application after hearing Zahid’s lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik and deputy public prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran.

“His presence is needed in the discussion with the prime minister on the formation of the Cabinet,” Hisyam said.

Raja Rozela meanwhile said the prosecution had five witnesses lined up for today but would leave it to the court.

Sequerah said the trial, which began on Nov 18, would continue tomorrow. The prosecution has called 39 witnesses so far.

Muhyiddin was sworn in as prime minister before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Istana Negara yesterday.

Zahid is Umno president and Bagan Datoh MP. He was slapped with 47 charges of CBT involving Yayasan Akalbudi funds, money laundering as well as accepting bribes for various projects during his tenure as home minister.