Apology accepted, Zahid freed from contempt of court

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contempt of court Former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at the trial of 47 charges over millions ringgit of funds involving the Yayasan Akalbudi foundation at the Kuala Lumpur High Court. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 03 MARCH 2020
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at the trial of 47 charges over millions ringgit of funds involving the Yayasan Akalbudi foundation at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 03 MARCH 2020

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court has accepted the apology from the President of UMNO, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi following that there was no political meeting with the Prime Minister as he claimed when he made a request to postpone the trial yesterday.

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah said that he accepted the sincere apology from the accused and believed that what transpired yesterday was due to a misunderstanding.

“After judging the explanation from the accused, I believe that what happened yesterday was due to miscommunication.

“The accused had also apologised sincerely,” he said.

The judge also found that there was no element of contempt of court, thus, Zahid is freed from that accusation. However, the judge also gave stern warning that the similar incident should not happen again.

The President of UMNO had earlier apologised before the judge stating that he did not intend to contempt the court when he requested for his trial to be postponed as he had to have a meeting with newly appointed Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to form the cabinet yesterday.

“With this, I apologise. I have no intention to contempt the court,” he said.

Zahid’s trial was postponed yesterday morning when his lawyer, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, told the court that his client had to attend a meeting with Muhyiddin to discuss about the formation of the new cabinet.

However, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement in the afternoon denying that the Prime Minister will be having meeting with any politicians. According to that statement, the Muhyiddin had only been scheduled to meet the Chief Secretary of the Government, Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki, the chiefs of departments and agencies to coordinate the administration of the government.

Following that, at 4.00 pm, the court had recalled everyone involved in the proceeding back to the court to listen to the explanation given by Ahmad Zahid.

Defence counsel of Zahid then explained that Zahid was indeed in Putrajaya yesterday. However, he was informed that the Prime Minister had to rush back to Muar.

The prosecution team insisted that Zahid should be taken action for contempt of court. -MalaysiaGazette

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