IPOH: A warrant of arrest has been issued against former Ipoh city council landscape director Zulkifli Redzuan (pic) for failing to appear at a Sessions Court here for his corruption trial.
Judge Rasidah Chik issued the order yesterday after noting the absence of Zulkifli, who faces three charges of corruption involving RM18,000.
Earlier, the court heard that Zulkiflis lawyer Naran Singh had fallen ill and that his medical chit was handed over to the court interpreter.
However, when the case was called, Perak Anti-Corruption Agency prosecuting officer Othman Anyan told the judge that the deputy public prosecutor handling the case was absent because his father had suffered a stroke.
When Rasidah asked where Zulkifli was, Othman replied that he had received word that the accused was spotted leaving the court premises.
She then issued the warrant of arrest and fixed March 27 for the case to be heard.
In 2005, Zulkifli, 44, pleaded not guilty to accepting RM6,000 from one Prof Ismail Mat, a landscape consultant of JR Rekataman, on May 11, 2002.
He was also charged with accepting RM1,000 on May 24, 2002, and agreeing to accept RM11,000 more on July 10, 2003, from Prof Ismail.
The money was said to be an inducement for Zulkifli to help Prof Ismail secure landscaping projects along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah Selatan.
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