KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has granted former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on a charge of accepting a RM1mil bribe in 2013.
High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali granted the order of discharge after the court was informed that the prosecution did not wish to continue with its case against Tengku Adnan - better known as Ku Nan - due to "new developments".
Under Section 254(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code, the prosecution may decline to prosecute further at any stage.
"Given that the public prosecution has informed the court that the prosecution does not wish to continue with the prosecution at this stage under Section 254(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code, the proceedings shall be stayed and the accused shall be discharged from the same," the judge said here on Monday (Dec 7).
Justice Nazlan said the court did not order a full acquittal on the basis that the prosecution has new developments that needed to be investigated.
The trial was initially scheduled to resume today.
In Nov 2018, the Putrajaya MP was accused of corruptly receiving RM1mil from property developer Datuk Tan Eng Boon through a cheque belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd, which was deposited into Tengku Adnan’s account.The money was purportedly to reward him for approving the application of Nucleus Properties Sdn Bhd (now known as Paragon City Development Sdn Bhd) to increase the plot ratio in respect of a development on Lot 228 in Jalan Semarak here.
The offence was allegedly committed at the CIMB Bank branch at the Putra World Trade Centre on Dec 27,2013.
He also faces an alternative charge, in his capacity as Federal Territories minister, of receiving for himself RM1mil from Tan via a Public Bank cheque belonging to Pekan Nenas Industries Sdn Bhd which was deposited into his CIMB account, knowing that as a director of Nucleus Properties, Tan had connections with his official duties.
Tengku Adnan still has another case pending in the High Court, where he is accused of accepting RM2mil in his capacity as the Federal Territories Minister from one Chai Kin Kong.
More to come