Isa Samad’s application for return of impounded passport rejected

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, who is facing one count of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and nine counts of corruption yesterday failed in his application to get back his passport which had been impounded by the court.

Sessions Court Judge Azura Alwi dismissed the application on grounds that although Mohd Isa was not a flight risk, there was no urgency for him to perform the umrah. Mohd Isa, represented by lawyers Datuk K Kumaraendran and Ridha Abdah Subri, had applied for the return of the passport on January 25 to perform the umrah.

Earlier, Kumaraendran submitted that his client was not a flight risk and it was confirmed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as he had always given his cooperation during investigation of the case.

“Since my client was in remand on August 15, 2017, he had been overseas five times and had always reported his trip to the MACC and there was no obstruction,” he added.

The prosecution, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar, in his submission, questioned whether there was urgency in the application as Mohd Isa had performed the umrah twice last year, in January and May.

He said although Mohd Isa was not a flight risk, but after the charges made against him in December last year, there was a difference in his status and the charges were serious.