Wan Saiful mulls representation to AGC in Jana Wibawa graft trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Bersatu information chief Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan is considering making a representation to the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) over his graft charges involving RM6.9mil relating to the Jaba Wibawa programme.

His lawyer Datuk Rosal Azimin Ahmad disclosed the matter during a proceeding before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob here on Wednesday (March 22).

Meanwhile, DPP Mohd Afif Ali informed the court that the prosecution had handed over part of the documents to the defence in line with Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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There were several other banking and Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) documents that had yet to be handed over, he said.

"We need more time to obtain the documents from the bank," DPP Mohd Afif added.

At the outset of the proceedings, Wan Saiful was reprimanded by the judge for arriving late in court.

The Tasek Gelugor MP, who arrived at around 9.30am, then apologised to the court.

He explained that he left his home at 7.15am but did not expect the journey to take two hours.

Rozina then reminded Wan Saiful not to do it again.

"I hope this is the first and the last (time). Please plan your journey ahead," she said.

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The court then fixed May 8 for further mention.

When met by the press, Rosal said the defence has yet to decide on the representation as it depended on the documents from the prosecution.

Wan Saiful is facing two counts of soliciting and accepting bribes involving some RM6.9mil.

According to the first charge, Wan Saiful, 48, allegedly solicited for himself a bribe from an individual as an inducement to assist Nepturis Sdn Bhd to procure a project called "Central Spine Road: Sertik Ke Persimpangan Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (CH 0-CH 8050)” from the government through a pre-qualification where the total amount of the project is valued at RM232mil.

He is also accused of receiving a bribe of RM6,962,694.54 through a CIMB account belonging to his company, WSA Advisory Group Sdn Bhd, from the Maybank account of Nepturis.

The money was allegedly an inducement for Wan Saiful to assist Nepturis in obtaining an acceptance letter for the Central Spine Road project.

The charges were framed under Section 16a(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

If convicted, Wan Saiful faces imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

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