Zahid Hamidi faces 45 charges of CBT, bribery, money-laundering
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi pleaded not guilty in the sessions court today to 45 charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), accepting bribes and money-laundering amounting to RM114,148,983.86.
Ahmad Zahid, 65, who is also the former deputy prime minister, had his plea recorded before judge Azura Alwi after the charges were read out to him. The court allowed the Bagan Datuk MP bail of RM2 million in one surety and ordered him to surrender his passport to the court pending disposal of the case. The court ordered Ahmad Zahid to pay RM1 million of the bail amount today and the remainder by Oct 26. It set Dec 14 for mention of the case.
Former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, as senior DPP, led the prosecution team. He was assisted by DPPs Ahmad Akram Gharib, Mohd Mustafa P. Kunyalam, T. Deepa Nair and Nadia Mohd Izhar.
Ahmad Zahid was represented by 12 lawyers, led by Hisyam Teh Poh Teik. The other counsel included Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Zainal and Kitson Foong.
3 court interpreters took almost an hour to read out the charges to Ahmad Zahid who looked back now and then from the dock to look at his family members and the Umno leaders in the gallery.
Gopal proposed bail of RM2 million and Hisyam did not object, saying the amount was fair and reasonable. Judge Azura allowed Ahmad Zahid to be released on bail of RM2 million with one surety and ordered him to surrender his passport to the court.
Hisyam also informed the court that the defence would apply for the case to be transferred to the High Court and Gopal did not object.
It is learned that Ahmad Zahid's family friend posted bail. — Bernama