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by maizatul nazlina
KUALA LUMPUR: The National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp)engaged another consultant after Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail failed to render consultancy services although payments had been made, the NFCorp executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail, 65, told the court on Thursday.
He said he could not remember the exact date when they appointed the consultant but it was several months after Shamsubahrin was charged, even though he remained a consultant with NFCorp.
"All along, we believed Shamsubahrin 100 percent and paid him for the consultancy services as he had told us that he was sent by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to help NFCorp on its issue.
"We did not check his background, as normally, Dr Mahathir would not send a questionable character and that was why we continued with discussion on the consultancy fee," said the 43rd prosecution witness.
He was replying when to a question by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) head of prosecution chief Datuk Abdul Razak Musa during examination-in-chief in the trial of Shamsubahrin.
Shamsubahrin has been charged with five counts of cheating Dr Mohamad Salleh into giving him cheques worth RM1.755mil as well as 17 counts of money-laundering.
To another question by Abdul Razak on after realising that he had been cheated, Mohamad Salleh said, "We did not take drastic action against Shamsubahrin as there was no substantial evidence against him".
He said he had never gone to Shamsubahrin's office during the consultancy service period.
MACC investigating officer assistant superintendent Mohd Shaufi Shaharuddin, 28, said investigation showed that the four cheques were given to Shamsubahrin after he pressured Mohamad Salleh.
He said the offence under Section 420 of the Penal Code was complete as Shamsubahrin had duped Mohamad Salleh by saying that the money was to pay the police, deputy public prosecutor and several individuals who were said have expertise in consultancy.
"However, the RM1.75mil was used to buy three vehicles," he added.
Lead counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamarudin acted for Shamsubahrin.
The hearing continues on June 28.
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