KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court has denied an application by Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (pic) seeking a temporary release of his passport to perform umrah.
Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi said there was no urgency for the former Felda chairman to perform umrah in February.
“Even though the applicant is not a flight-risk, the court is of the view that there is no pressing need for him to do it (umrah),” she said before dismissing the application here on Thursday (Jan 31).
Mohd Isa was planning to perform his umrah between Feb 10 and Feb 21.
Earlier, his lawyers, Datuk K. Kumaraendran and Ridha Abdah Subri, submitted that their client was not a flight-risk.
“My client has given full cooperation during the investigation since the day he was remanded,” Kumaraendran said.
He said Mohd Isa had gone to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) headquarters five times to help with the probe.
DPP Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar questioned the need for Mohd Isa’s umrah this year as he had already performed it twice last year in January and May.
“He went abroad several times between December 2017 and November 2018, including two trips to Mecca to perform umrah,” he said.
On Dec 14, Mohd Isa claimed trial at a Sessions Court here to a charge of criminal breach of trust and nine counts of receiving graft involving more than RM3mil.
According to the first charge, the former Umno vice-president committed CBT by approving the purchase of Merdeka Palace & Suites Hotel without the approval from the Felda board of directors on April 29, 2014.
The offence, under Section 409 of the Penal Code, carries a jail term of between two and 20 years, whipping and a possible fine upon conviction.
Mohd Isa was also charged with receiving bribes of RM100,000; RM140,000; RM300,000; RM250,000; RM500,000; RM500,000; RM300,000; 500,000; and RM500,000 totalling RM3.09mil from Gagasan Abadi Properties Sdn Bhd director Ikhwan Zaidel between July 2014 and December 2015.
He allegedly committed the offences at level 49, Menara Felda, Platinum Park, No. 11, Persiaran KLCC near here.
The charges under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009 carries a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe for each charge, if found guilty.
He is currently out on a RM800,000 bail.
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