Zahid walks free in foreign visa bribery case after High Court rules prosecution failed prima facie

Prima facie zahid freed in foreign visa bribery case after High Court rules prosecution failed

Datuk Seri Ahmed Zahid Hamidi arrives at Shah Alam High Court on September 23, 2022. – Illustrations by Firdous Latif

by Kenneth T

Friday, 23 September 2022 11:46 AM MyT

Shah Alam, Sept 23 – The High Court today acquitted Datuk Seri Ahmed Zahid Hamidi of charges of receiving bribes from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhad (UKSB), the company awarded a government contract for a Foreign Visa System (VLN) .

Judge Datuk Mohamed Yazeed Mustafa said the prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case against Ahmed Zahid, who is also the MP for Bagan Datuk, on all 40 bribery charges.

In his ruling, Mohamed Yazeed said the testimony of three key prosecution witnesses – former UKSB officers Wan Koris Shah Wan Abdul Ghani and Harry Lee Wuy Khyun, and former administrative manager David Tan Seong Sun – were unreliable and unreliable.

Ahmed Zahid faced 33 charges of receiving bribes of S$13.56 million (RM42 million) from UKSB, himself as a civil servant and the then Home Minister to extend the company’s contract as operator of a one stop centre. as a temptation. In China and to maintain the VLN system as well as the agreement to supply VLN integrated system material to the same company by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He was also charged with seven other counts as Home Minister, receiving S$1.15 million, RM3 million, CHF15,000 and US$15,000 in cash from the same company in connection with his official work.

Ahmed Zahid, who was in the courtroom wearing a white-sleeved Melayu top and black trousers, appeared calm as the judge read out his two-hour-long judgment.

When the judge delivered the prima facie verdict, the public gallery immediately erupted with cries of “Alhamdulillah” (Arabic for praise to God).

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