Graft trial of ex-council chief put off

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Jun 2004

KANGAR: The corruption trial of former Kangar Municipal Council president Baharudin Ahmad has been postponed to Sept 20. 

Magistrate Khairul Anwar Abd Halim allowed the defence’s application when the case came up for second mention yesterday. 

Defence counsel Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera had applied for the adjournment as lead counsel Datuk Mohd Shafee Abdullah was involved in an election petition hearing in Penang this week. 

The prosecution did not object to the postponement of the trial which was scheduled to be heard from today.  

Baharudin’s case was listed in Parliament last week as one of several high profile corruption cases in the country. 

The former political secretary to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and former Perlis Umno Youth chief faces three corruption charges involving a total of RM385,000. 

Baharudin was also charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code with receiving a RM2,500 Mizuno golf set on Oct 27, 1999. 

He faces a maximum sentence of not more than 20 years or a RM10,000 fine or 10 times the bribery amount (or whichever is higher) for each charge if convicted. 

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