Ahmad Zahid’s corruption trial to resume on July 5

SHAH ALAM (BERNAMA) – The trial of former deputy prime minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on 40 corruption charges in connection with the Foreign Visa System (VLN), which was postponed following the implementation of Movement Control Order 3.0, will resume at the High Court on July 5-7.

Deputy public prosecutor Raja Rozela Raja Toran, when contacted via WhatsApp, said the prosecution will recall the third witness and two other witnesses to testify.

Ahmad Zahid is charged with 33 counts of receiving bribes amounting to SGD13.56 million from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd as an inducement for himself in his capacity as a civil servant, then as home minister, to extend the contract of the company as the operator of a One-Stop Centre (OSC) service in China and the VLN system, as well as to maintain the contract to supply the VLN integrated system paraphernalia to the same company by the Home Ministry.

He allegedly committed the offences at Seri Satria, Precinct 16, Putrajaya and in Country Heights, Kajang, between October 2014 and March 2018.

On seven other charges, Ahmad Zahid was charged, in his capacity as home minister then, for accepting SGD1,150,000, MYR3,000,000, EUR15,000 and USD15,000 without consideration from the same company which he knew had a connection with his function.

Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. PHOTO: BERNAMA