SHAH ALAM – Former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was charged at the Shah Alam Sessions Court today for receiving bribes amounting to approximately RM42 million in regards to the Foreign Visa System (VLN).
He arrived at the court through the back entrance at 8.30 am. He was slapped with 33 charges under Section 16 (a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act and Section 165 of the Penal Code for accepting bribes in various currencies.
Calm and composed, Ahmad Zahid pleaded not guilty to all 26 charges under the MACC Act and seven charges under the Penal Code after they were read to him before Justice Rozilah Salleh.
The court then fixed 29 July for the remention of the case and set bail at RM500,000 with a surety.
His daughter Datuk Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid and son-in-law Datuk Saiful Nizam Mohd Yusoff were also seen at the court.
Yesterday, the President of UMNO was charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on seven counts of corruption involving SGD4.24 million from firm handling the one-stop-service centre in China and VLN system two years ago, when he was also the Home Minister.
Ahmad Zahid was charged for abusing his power to receive bribes for his personal use from the company which was given the exclusive rights to handle the entry of Chinese tourists into the country. – MalaysiaGazette