Prosecution applies to transfer Abdul Azeez, brother’s cases to High Court

by BERNAMA / pic by BERNAMA

THE prosecution will file an application to transfer cases involving Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (picture), 52, to the High Court.

The Umno Supreme Council member is facing three charges of receiving bribes amounting to RM5.2 million over a road project in Perak and Kedah, and nine counts of money laundering involving nearly RM140 million.

Deputy public prosecutor Aslinda Ahad told Sessions Court Judge Azura Alwi that all documents pertaining to the corruption and money-laundering cases had been submitted to the defence team.

“The prosecution had previously submitted documents involving the corruption cases and today handed over 632 documents to the defence pertaining to the money laundering cases,” she said during mention of the case yesterday.

Aslinda said the prosecution would also submit a similar application in the case of Abdul Azeez’s brother, Datuk Abdul Latif Abdul Rahim, 61, who is accused of two counts of abetment.

Counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik who is representing the siblings did not object to the transfer applications.

On Jan 16, Abdul Azeez pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court to 12 charges. He stands accused on three counts of corruptly receiving RM5.2 million related to road projects in Perak and Kedah.

He allegedly committed the offences at CIMB Bank Bhd, UAB Tower branch, No 6, Jalan Tun Perak in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 8, 2010, and at Affin Bank Bhd, J-03-G, Block J, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Puchong, Selangor, on June 13, 2017, and April 10, 2018.

Abdul Azeez is also accused of nine charges of money laundering involving nearly RM140 million.

He allegedly committed the offences around the Klang Valley between March 8, 2010, and Aug 30, 2018.

Meanwhile, Abdul Latif stands accused of two charges of abetting Abdul Azeez who allegedly received RM4 million in cash from one Mohammad Redzuan as gratification to help Syarikat Menuju Asas Sdn Bhd secure a road project through limited tender from the Works Ministry.

The project involved the Pantai Baru Coastal Expressway: Upgrading works of federal road FT005 (Teluk Intan to Kampung Lekir, Perak) worth RM644.48 million.

Both offences were allegedly committed at Affin Bank in Puchong, between June 13, 2017, and April 10, 2018. — Bernama