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Charges against Ahmad Zahid not politically motivated – Witness

— The High Court here today was told that all 47 corruption, criminal breach of trust and money laundering charges faced by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi involving millions in funds belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi was not politically motivated or meant to tarnish the reputation of the former deputy prime minister.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer and final prosecution witness Khairudin Kilau, 44, said MACC’s recommendation to the Attorney General’s Chambers to prosecute Ahmad Zahid on all those charges was based on evidence obtained from witnesses and documents.

He said this during re-examination by Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran on the 55th day of Ahmad Zahid’s trial.

Raja Rozela: Is the investigation against Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid politically motivated and made to tarnish his reputation?

Khairudin: Not at all.

Earlier, asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor Lee Keng Fatt on the amount contributed by Ahmad Zahid to Yayasan Akalbudi, Khairudin replied: “From my investigations, Ahmad Zahid had never told the actual amount.”

Ahmad Zahid had also never submitted any documentary evidence on the contributions, he said.

Yesterday, Khairudin told the court that while recording Ahmad Zahid’s statement, the accused had informed that Yayasan Akalbudi’s contributions originated from him.

Khairudin also agreed with Lee that there had been transactions in and out of Yayasan Akalbudi totalling RM100 million between 1997 and 2018.

Lee: If at all the contributions were from Datuk Seri (Ahmad Zahid), what would be the average amount needed?

Khairudin: RM5 million a year to make it RM100 million.

During cross-examination by lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Khairudin disagreed with the suggestion that all 47 charges against Ahmad Zahid were politically motivated due to his position as UMNO president.

Asked if this was the first time in his 20 years with MACC that he had encountered or read about a politician being slapped with 47 charges just after a change in government, Khairudin replied: “This is the first time.”

The prosecution closed its case today after calling 99 witnesses in the trial heard before Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah.

The court fixed June 28-30 and July 1 and 2 for oral submissions.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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