Former Malaysian minister’s case to be tried in High Court

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The case of former Malaysian Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who is facing two charges of receiving bribes totalling RM3 million, over the approval of an application by a company to raise the development related ratio in Jalan Semarak Kuala Lumpur, will be tried in the High Court.

Yesterday the prosecution informed the Sessions Court Judge, Azman Ahmad that the application of the defence team to transfer the case from the Sessions Court to the High Court under Section 417 of the Criminal Procedure Code had been allowed by the High Court on December 14 last year.

“The application of the lawyers was allowed by the High Court on December 14, 2018. Nevertheless, the defence had not yet received an order for the case to be tried at which High Court,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Aida Mastura Mohamed Aman at the mention of the case.

Lawyer Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, who represented Tengku Adnan, 68, confirmed the matter.

Tengku Adnan too had surrendered his passport back to the court. Prior to this, Sessions judge Azman had allowed a temporary release of the passport from December 12 last year and ordered the accused to return the passport to the court yesterday.

The court permitted an application by Tengku Adnan to temporarily get back his passport which had been surrendered to the court to enable him to get a health examination at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

According to the charge, Tengku Adnan, as a public servant, namely, Federal Territories Minister, had accepted for himself something valuable with no reciprocity, namely, RM2 million from Chai Kin Kong via a Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque belonging to Syarikat Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd which had been deposited into the CIMB Bank account of Tadmansori Holding Sdn Bhd in which he had an interest, when it was known that Syarikat Aset Kayamas had connections with his official duties.

Tengku Adnan was charged with perpetrating the action at the CIMB Bank Berhad, Pusat Bandar Damansara Branch, Level 1, Lot A4, Block A, Pusat Bandar Damansara, here on June 14, 2016, under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which provides jail up to two years or fine or both, if found guilty.

Former Malaysian Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor arrives at the Sessions Court. – BERNAMA