Incomplete documents hold up Bung Moktar case

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  • Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019

Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (left) and wife Zizie Ezette - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here has fixed July 4 for re-mention of the RM2.8mil corruption case of Kinabatangan Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and his wife Datin Seri Zizie Ezette A. Samad after prosecution said there were still incomplete documents for the trial.

Judge Rozina Ayob fixed the date after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Allan Suman Pillai told the court there were some documents still incomplete.

“Today, the prosecution submitted a document under Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code to the defence team.

“However, the prosecution needs another date for the submission of further documents in this case,” he said.

Lawyer Datuk K. Kumaraendran, representing Bung Moktar, 60, confirmed he had received the document.

The prosecution also informed the court they would transfer the case to the High Court and for the couple to be tried together.

Kumaraendran, who is also representing Zizie, 41, said he needed more time to examine the document.

On May 3, Bung Moktar pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here on three counts of receiving a total of RM2.8mil for obtaining approval for Felcra Bhd to make a RM150mil investment in unit trust products of Public Mutual Bhd.

According to the first charge, Bung Moktar, then the Felcra non-executive chairman, was accused of taking a bribe of RM2.2mil in cash from Public Mutual’s investment agent, Madhi Abdul Hamid, 38, through Zizie.

He was accused of committing the act as a reward for obtaining approval from the Minister of Finance II for Felcra to make the RM150mil investment in Public Mutual unit trust products.

The offence was allegedly committed at Public Bank Bhd, Taman Melawati branch between 12.30 pm and 5pm, on June 12, 2015.

For the second charge, Bung Moktar was accused of taking a bribe of RM262,500 from Madhi through an account of the bank’s investment product, Public Islamic Treasures Growth Fund numbered 044797816, and registered it under Zizie’s name for the same purpose.

Bung Moktar was also accused of taking a RM337,500 bribe from Public Mutual’s investment agent, Norhaili Ahmad Mokhtar, 42, through a Public Initial Sequel Fund account numbered 044797824 registered under Zizie’s name for the same purpose.

Both offences were allegedly committed at the same location at 12.16pm and 12.28pm, on June 19, 2015.

If convicted, the couple can be jailed for a maximum of 20 years and fine not less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher. — Bernama

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