Isa’s defence gets graft case documents

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution in the graft case of former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (pic) has completed the handing over of documents in relation to the purchase of a hotel in Sarawak.

Deputy public prosecutor Allan Suman Pillai told the High Court that three more documents had been submitted to the defence, thus making the submission of documents 100% complete.

DPP Pillai requested the court to fix another case management date before the trial proper for the parties to exchange witness statements.

“I suggest Aug 30,” he told Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

Mohd Isa’s lawyer Ridha Abdah Subri confirmed the defence re­ceiv­ed the documents yes­­­­­­ter­­­day.

Justice Mohd Nazlan fixed Aug 30 for case management.

Mohd Isa’s 13-day trial is scheduled to start on Oct 7.

The 70-year-old is facing one count of criminal breach of trust and nine counts of receiving graft, invol­ving more than RM3mil, in connection with a hotel purchase by the Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FIC) in Kuching.

Mohd Isa – who, as director of FIC, was trusted with the company’s funds – is accused of committing CBT by approving a proposal for the purchase of the Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites in Kuching for RM160mil without the approval from Felda’s board of directors.

He allegedly committed the offence at the 50th floor, Menara Felda, Plati­num Park, No 11, Persiaran KLCC here, 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.

On the remaining nine charges, Mohd Isa allegedly received bribes totalling RM3,090,000 from Ikhwan Zaidel, who is a board member of Gagasan Abadi Properties Sdn Bhd through one Muhammad Zahid Md Arip, for helping to approve the purchase of the hotel.

The offences were allegedly committed at the 49th floor, Menara Felda, Platinum Park, No 11, Persiaran KLCC here, between July 21, 2014 and Dec 11, 2015.

The charges, under Section 16a (A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of at least five times the amount of bribes involved or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

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