Ahmad Zahid to know his fate today for alleged corruption on VLN

The former DPM will be ask to defend himself on 40 corruption charges if the court finds the prosecution has succeeded in establishing a prima facie case

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / TMRpic

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (picture) will know his fate today for his allegations of corruption related to the Foreign Visa System (VLN).

The decision will be decided by Shah Alam High Court Judge Datuk Mohd Yazid Mustafa after a year of Ahmad Zahid’s trial.

The Umno president will be ordered to defend himself on 40 charges of accepting bribes from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) if the court finds the prosecution has succeeded in establishing a prima facie case.

However, if the opposite happens, the Bagan Datuk MP will be acquitted of the charges.

Ahmad Zahid faces 33 charges of accepting bribes totalling S$13.56 million (RM43.67 million) from UKSB as home minister at the time to renew the firm’s contract as a one-stop centre operator in China and VLN, and maintain a contract agreement for the supply of VLN integrated systems.

For this case, the charges are made under Section 16 (a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and can be punished under section 24(1) of the same act.

As for the other seven charges, he is alleged to have obtained for himself S$1.15 million, RM3 million, 15,000 Swiss Francs (RM70,150.87) and US$15,000 (RM68,550) from the same company, which had an official connection with his official duties. The provision is made according to Section 165 of the Penal Code which carries a prison sentence of up to two years or a fine or both if convicted.

If found guilty, the accused can be sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

He is alleged to have committed all the offenses in Seri Satria, Precinct 16 in Putrajaya, and Country Heights in Kajang, between October 2014 and March 2018