PUTRAJAYA: The application to discharge but not acquit Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was made based on arguments that were accepted by the court, says the Attorney General's Chambers.
The AGC, in a two-paragraph statement, said that the High Court Judge stated that the arguments presented by the prosecution were cogent.
The AGC issued the statement in response to criticism of its move not to proceed with the case against Ahmad Zahid.
On Monday, the High Court granted the Deputy Prime Minister a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) over 47 graft charges.
The charges were brought against him by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in connection with alleged misuse of funds regarding his charitable foundation Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB).
The prosecution made the application as further investigation was needed into the case.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar listed 11 reasons, including to ensure that no miscarriage of justice is committed and to make way for more comprehensive investigations by authorities.