Former VC acquitted of abuse of power

IPOH: The Sessions Court acquitted and discharged a former Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) vice-chancellor over a charge of abuse of power five years ago.

Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Kasa walked out a free man after Judge S. Indera Nehru ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against him.

“After taking into account the evidence presented by the witnesses and the submissions from both sides, you are acquitted and discharged without calling for defence, ” she said.

Zakaria, now 62, was charged in November last year at a Sessions Court here.

In an amended charge sheet, it was stated that between June 24 and Sept 12,2014 at his office, as the vice-chancellor, he used his position to order UPSI’s registrar to insert the name of his (Zakaria’s) son to be called for a job interview at the university on Sept 12.

By doing so, he committed an offence under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

Shahidah Muslimah Roslan, Noor Hidayah Mohd Saad, and Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman represented Zakaria, while MACC’s deputy public prosecutor Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin prosecuted.

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