Witness ill, so Zahid’s trial postponed

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi faces 47 charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and accepting bribes involving millions. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today postponed the hearing of former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s corruption trial after a prosecution witness fell sick.

Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi told judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah they received a message from Mazlina Mazlan @ Ramly stating that she was on sick leave.

“We will produce her medical certificate on Friday. We will proceed with the defence’s cross-examination then,” he said.

Mazlina, who was Zahid’s former executive secretary from 2011 to 2018, had previously testified that Zahid had allowed her to use a stamp with his signature to issue Yayasan Akalbudi cheques to settle credit card bills.

Sazilee also told the court the prosecution was ready to make submissions on the testimony of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission investigating officer Fairul Rafiq Hamirudin on Friday afternoon.

The defence has objected to seven paragraphs in Fairul’s statement on grounds they were based on hearsay and personal opinion.

Zahid’s lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, said they did not object to today’s postponement.

Zahid is facing 47 charges of criminal breach of trust involving family-run Yayasan Akalbudi’s funds, money laundering and accepting bribes for various projects involving millions during his tenure as home minister.