Marriage status confirmation kicks off Bung-Zizie’s RM2.8m graft trial
The first day of the RM2.8 million corruption trial of Umno supreme council member Bung Moktar Radin and his wife kicked off today with a Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) marriage registrar confirming the duo’s married status.
First prosecution witness, Jawi Marriage and Family Development assistant director Mohd Abd Nasir Abdullah, testified before the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court this morning, that Kinabatangan MP Bung, 60, and former actress Zizie Izette A Samad, 41, got married on June 9, 2010.
Nasir was confirming the authenticity of the marriage certificate, issued under Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984, which was referred to him by DPP Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry during examination-in-chief today.
During the course of the trial this morning, counsel M Athimulan and K Kumaraendran, who acted for Bung and Zizie respectively, informed judge Rozina Ayob that the defence will not subject the witness to any cross-examination.
“Referring to the marriage certificate (surat perakuan nikah) above (when presented to him by Fadhly), I affirm that Moktar Radin (Bung) is the aforementioned name of the groom with his bride named Zizie.
“In reference to this marriage certificate, I confirm that Bung married Zizie on June 9, 2010 which equals (the Islamic calendar) 26 Jamadilakhir 1431,” Nasir (below) testified.
The Jawi senior officer confirmed that Zizie’s elder brother Samzy Fuzette Abd Samad, 57, acted as the “wali” (Islamic legal guardian) in the marriage between the duo and that the marriage was witnessed by Shari Ahmad, 63, and Ahmad Shahazami Abd Samad, 57.
Nasir certified the validity of the signature on the marriage certificate, which bore the signature of Jawi Marriage, Divorce and Ruju’ (Ruju’ refers to a situation where a husband wished to take back his wife following divorce) registrar Mohd Zainudin Wan Yusoff.
The witness also confirmed the accused duo’s marriage by affirming the authenticity of a copy of a Syariah High Court Order in relation to their marriage, which was issued on June 28, 2010.
“I confirm that I have been referred and have seen this document, which is the order issued by the Syariah High Court of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, between Applicant 1 who is Zizie and Applicant 2 Bung before Mohd Radzi Abd Latif, who is the senior Syariah High Court judge for the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, on June 11, 2010 (date of court order).”
Meanwhile, earlier during today’s proceedings, Fadhly sought for amended charges to be read to Bung and Zizie, to which the duo’s counsels raised no objection.
The only amendment in the charges was to substitute the word “upah” (reward) to “dorongan” (inducement) in relation to Bung’s alleged purpose for receiving the total RM2.8 million in bribes. Zizie was charged with abetting her husband to obtain said bribes.
After the amended charges were read out to the duo, Bung and Zizie indicated they understood the amended charges and maintained their non-guilty plea.
The trial will resume before Rozina at 9am tomorrow with the testimony of the second prosecution witness Azlan Yusof, who is a member of Felcra’s board of directors.