Prosecution prepares to nix Muhyiddin’s review bid

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution is objecting to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s application seeking leave from the Court of Appeal to review a decision by its previous panel to reinstate four power abuse charges against him involving RM232.5mil.

Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said this during case mention before Judge Azura Alwi at the Sessions Court here yesterday.

According to court documents, the prosecution filed the preliminary objection on Monday, describing the request by the Bersatu president and former prime minister as trivial and an abuse of the court process.

The judge set May 8 for further case management, Bernama reported.

On Feb 28, the Court of Appeal ordered the case on Muhyiddin allegedly using his position for bribes amounting to RM232.5mil for Bersatu, to be sent back to the Sessions Court for further action.

A panel of three judges made the unanimous decision after allowing the prosecution’s appeal to set aside the High Court’s decision that had acquitted him of the four charges on Aug 15 last year.

Muhyiddin, 76, was charged with using his position as then prime minister and Bersatu president to obtain bribes amounting to RM232.5mil from three companies, namely Bukhary Equity Sdn Bhd, Nepturis Sdn Bhd and Mamfor Sdn Bhd, and one Datuk Azman Yusoff, for the party.

He was charged with committing the offences at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya between March 1, 2020, and Aug 20, 2021.

In addition to the four charges, Muhyiddin was also charged with two counts of receiving proceeds from unlawful activities amounting to RM195mil from Bukhary Equity, which was deposited into Bersatu’s CIMB Bank account.

The offences were allegedly committed at CIMB Bank Menara KL Branch, Jalan Stesen Sentral, here, between Feb 25 and July 16, 2021, and between Feb 8 and July 8, 2022.

Muhyiddin was also charged at the Shah Alam Sessions Court on March 13 this year with receiving money from illegal activities amounting to RM5mil, with the case transferred to the Sessions Court for a joint trial.

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