FORMER Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (picture) has not been freed of corruption and money laundering charges and the trial of the case is still ongoing, said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
MACC, in a statement yesterday said media reports quoting Abdul Azeez’s counsel Amer Hamzah Arshad as saying that his client has been freed of all the charges was a defence’s argument at the Appeal Court yesterday.
“Amer Hamzah argued that a financial analysis report by the MACC previously acquitted his client of corruption charges. MACC would like to stress that the statement was only an argument that has not been decided by the court,” said the statement.
MACC hoped that the public would not speculate on the case, adding that the court would hear the prosecution’s counter arguments on Oct 6.
Abdul Azeez, 55, is appealing against the High Court’s dismissal of his application to strike out the three bribery charges involving RM5.2 million linked to road projects in Perak and Kedah, and 10 money-laundering charges involving a total of RM13.9 million which he was accused of receiving from Menuju Asas Sdn Bhd.
He is alleged to have committed the offences at CIMB Bank, Jalan Tun Perak in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 8, 2010, and at Affin Bank, Puchong City Centre, Selangor, on June 13, 2017, and April 10, 2018.
On the money laundering charges, Abdul Azeez was charged with committing the offences in the Klang Valley area between March 8, 2010, and Aug 30, 2018.