KUALA LUMPUR: The Excessive Court docket has allowed the prosecution’s software to question a protection witness within the corruption trial of Ahmed Zahid Hamidi, who is claimed to have made a courtroom assertion on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Fee (MACC). was completely different from the assertion given.
Decide Colin Lawrence Sequera stated the appliance underneath part 155(c) of the Proof Act factors to cases the place paperwork categorized underneath the Official Secrets and techniques Act (OSA).
“This provision permits an impeachment software underneath the current circumstances,” he stated.
He adjourned the listening to to present pause for the prosecution and protection to current their arguments.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Raja Rosela Raja Toran had utilized whereas inspecting contractor Geoffrey Jameel, a 3rd protection witness in Zahid’s trial.
When Zahid was ordered to enter the defence, Geoffrey is a witness produced by the prosecution.
In courtroom, Jeffrey stated that Zahid allowed his firm, Technik Sempurna Sdn Bhad, to construct a mosque and a non secular college in Melaka for RM9.9 million and that the fee got here from Yayasan Akalbudi.
Jeffrey informed King Rosella that he gave an announcement to MACC in 2018 however now he cannot bear in mind.
This prompted King Rosella to use. Nevertheless, Zahid’s most important counsel, Hishyam Te Poh Tek, objected, saying that prosecutors couldn’t topic Jeffrey’s proof to impeachment.
Hisiyam stated this was as a result of the MACC had categorized eight investigation papers in relation to the case underneath OSA on March 7 this 12 months.
This classification was made when the protection tried to acquire the statements of all of the witnesses produced to them. Nevertheless, the courtroom rejected the appliance in Could.
At present, Hisyam stated there was no proof that the probe papers had been made public.
“The prosecution can not use Jeffrey’s assertion as a result of it additionally falls underneath OSA,” he stated.
King Rosella held that Jeffrey’s credibility may very well be impeached underneath part 155(c) of the Proof Act, due to giving proof inconsistent with earlier statements.
Zahid is going through trial on fees of cash laundering and legal breach of belief involving thousands and thousands of Yayasan Akalbudi and taking bribes for varied initiatives throughout his tenure as inside minister.
Twenty-seven fees are for cash laundering and the opposite eight are for corruption.