KUALA LUMPUR – Former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Hamidi pleaded not guilty on seven counts of corruption charges.
Ahmad Zahid is charged for accepting bribes amounting to over SDG4.24 million for extending the contract of Ultra Kirana as the one-stop service provider in China and the Foreign Visa System (VLN) two years ago.
According to the charges, the incidence took place between 28 March 2017 and 2 March 2019 at Seri Satria, Precinct 16, Putrajaya.
All charges were read to him at the Sessions Court in accordance to Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act (MACC) 2009 and he could also be convicted under Section 24(1) of the same act.
However, Ahmad Zahid, 66, pleaded not guilty to all seven charges which were read to him before Justice Azura Alwi.
Under the provision, the accused could be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 years and fined not more than five times of the value of the bribes or RM10,000, whichever is higher upon conviction.
All charges were allegedly committed during Ahmad Zahid’s tenure as the Home Minister.
The court fixed RM200,000 bail and a surety for Ahmad Zahid. The case will be rementioned on 31 July.
Earlier, Ahmad Zahid had also pleaded not guilty to 47 charges. From the charges, 12 of them were criminal breach of trust, 8 for receiving bribes and 27 for money laundering involving tens of millions belonging to the Yayasan Akalbudi foundation. – MalaysiaGazette