KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who’s making his defence on corruption prices involving Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB) funds, advised the court that the prosecution was trying to trap him by repeating questions on the identical subject.
Ahmad Zahid, 69, mentioned this when deputy public prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong saved pushing for particulars on donations given to the inspiration.
The former deputy prime minister had replied saying that it sufficed for him to solely see the month-to-month financial institution assertion and ledger which recorded the switch of YAB funds into the consumer’s account on the regulation agency of Messrs Lewis & Co, which was entrusted to handle the fund.
“The donation was not made in my title, however to a basis, and if the inspiration is managed by a regulation agency and it’s clear the donation had been credited, it’s immoral to ask who the giver is or has the cash been credited… placing this query to me repeatedly, is to trap me,” he mentioned on Thursday (July 7).
Harris Ong, nevertheless, advised the court that the prosecution was simply trying to search justice and the info wanted to be offered in order that it might be determined by the court.
Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, representing Ahmad Zahid, was not glad with the reason, saying that the prosecution might convey up the matter throughout submission.
High Court Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah later chipped in and requested the DPP to proceed along with his questions.
When requested an identical query by the DPP, the Bagan Datuk Member of Parliament advised the court that there have been three completely different dates and it was unattainable for him to keep in mind.
“I used to be not proven the unique cheques, however there was a month-to-month assertion that matched the ledger,” he mentioned.
Earlier, Harris Ong referred Ahmad Zahid to 11 cheques amounting to RM3.8mil from numerous people and company our bodies for donation to YAB and the cash was credited right into a buyer’s account at Lewis & Co.
Ahmad Zahid mentioned he didn’t know who the proprietor of the cheques have been as he had by no means seen the cheques bodily.
On Jan 24 this 12 months, the court ordered Ahmad Zahid to enter his defence on 47 prices with 12 of them for breach of belief, eight prices for corruption and 27 cash laundering prices involving tens of thousands and thousands of ringgit of funds belonging to YAB.
The trial earlier than Judge Sequerah continues. – Bernama