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Published: Friday December 23, 2011 MYT 10:24:00 AMUpdated: Friday December 23, 2011 MYT 12:29:58 PM
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: Former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo was found guilty by the High Court here Friday of knowingly purchasing two pieces of land and a bungalow in Section 7 at a much lower price than its original value from Ditamas Sdn Bhd director Shamsuddin Hayroni in 2007.
He was sentenced to one year in jail from Friday and Justice Mohtarudin Baki ordered his land and bungalow be forfeited.
However, the judge granted him him a stay of execution of jail time and forfeiture of the properties pending an appeal after his lawyer M. Athimulan made the request.
The lawyer said the appeal would be filed Friday evening.
The properties involved were purchased at RM3.5mil although Ditamas had bought it for RM6.5mil on Dec 23, 2004.
The court found that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt in the case.
Justice Mohtarudin said in his ruling that he found the key witness Shamsuddin not an accomplice of the accused.
(Shamsuddin was initially charged with abetting Dr Khir but later had his charge withdrawn. He became a witness for the prosecution).
Justice Mohtarudin said he had no reason to reject Shamsuddin's testimony as he had observed his demeanor throughout the trial.
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