Bung and wife claim trial to Felcra corruption charges (updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and his celebrity wife Datin Seri Zizie Ezette A. Samad are claiming trial at two Sessions Courts on charges of corruption, amounting to RM2.8mil over Felcra Bhd's investment in unit trusts worth RM150mil.

Bung, in his capacity as a non-executive chairman of Felcra, was charged with three counts of obtaining for himself RM2.2mil, RM262,500 and RM337,500 from two unit trust agents through unit trust investment accounts registered under Zizie's name.

The money, totalling RM2.8mil, was a reward for getting approval from the Finance Minister II for Felcra to invest RM150mil in Public Mutual Bhd.  

The offences were allegedly committed at Public Bank in Taman Melawati on June 12 and June 19, 2015.

The charges are framed under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) 2009.

Bung faces a maximum 20 years in jail and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if he is convicted.

The 60-year-old pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob here on Friday.

Meanwhile, Zizie also pleaded not guilty before judge Azura Alwi to three counts of abetting her husband in the offences. 

She was charged under Section 28(1)(c) of the MACC Act 2009 and faces the same punishment if convicted.

Both were allowed bail of RM100,000 in one surety each.

The courts also ordered the couple to surrender their passports.

Their cases are fixed for mention on June 10.

DPP Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar prosecuted. Lawyer Datuk K. Kumaraendran represented Bung and Zizie.

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