KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been told off by the prosecution in his ongoing graft trial and asked not to treat the courtroom like "a coffee shop" after the Umno president appeared to be evasive during cross-examination.
Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran also reminded Ahmad Zahid to behave himself after he repeatedly did not answer her specific questions and elaborated on his responses even when asked not to do so.
Raja Rozela had asked Ahmad Zahid if he agreed that his former executive secretary Major Mazlina Mazlan was not allowed to touch the fixed deposit account at Messrs Lewis & Co, the law firm appointed to manage funds of his charity foundation Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB).
After several rounds of questioning and reminders to answer the question, Ahmad Zahid finally said "agreed".
DPP Raja then said "thank you very much Datuk Seri" and Ahmad Zahid quipped "thank you to you too".
The prosecutor was immediately incensed by the answer and told the former deputy prime minister not to be funny in court.
"Be careful, Datuk Seri. I am reminding you to behave yourself.
"I am an officer of the court and you are not in a kedai kopi (coffee shop) or the (Umno) supreme council meeting," she said in the High Court here on Thursday (June 30).
Ahmad Zahid is on trial for 47 charges – 12 for criminal breach of trust (CBT), eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering – involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to YAB.
The hearing continues before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah on Monday (July 4).