MACC: Noor Ehsanussin's charges dropped as investigations revealed new facts

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  • Sunday, 05 Sep 2021

PETALING JAYA: The decision to withdraw 29 corruption charges against former Felda board member Datuk Noor Ehsanussin Mohd Harun Narrashid was made based on facts, says the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

MACC said the accused had submitted his representation and statement of defence under Section 62 of the MACC Act 2009 during the trial.

Following that, further investigations were conducted by the MACC into the defence.

“Based on the new findings through the new evidence presented, the accused managed to prove that he had repaid the money alleged to be bribery before the investigation began.

“The key witness also confirmed the matter as a loan,” MACC said in a statement Sunday (Sept 5).

Due to the inconsistency of the key witness’ testimony, MACC had referred the case to the Attorney General’s Chambers and decided not to continue with the trial.

“The decision was made because the testimony of the key witness was inconsistent.

“The prosecution had informed the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court of the withdrawal of all 29 charges during the trial proceedings of the case before Judge Suzana Hussin on May 21,” MACC said.

Previously, Noor Ehsanuddin, 58, was facing 14 charges of accepting a bribe of RM23,540.68 in instalment payments for a BMW 3 Series car from a printing company, Karya Hidayah Sdn Bhd, in 2014 and 2015.

In the Johor Baru court, he faced 10 charges including receiving a bribe of RM50,000 and a piece of land from the same company in 2013 and 2014.

He was also charged in the Shah Alam Sessions Court with five counts of accepting the maintenance of two vehicles and the legal fee payment of RM12,707.60 for the purchase of a piece of land.

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