Isa guilty in RM3mil graft case
Ho Kit Yen -February 3, 2021 10:54 AM1.2kShares
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today found former Felda chairman Isa Samad guilty on nine counts of corruption involving RM3.09 million over the authority’s purchase of a hotel in Kuching seven years ago.
Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali ruled that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Isa, 71, was initially slapped with one charge of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and nine counts of corruption over the purchase of the Merdeka Palace and Suite Hotel, but the court acquitted him on the CBT case and ordered him to defend the bribery charges.
Isa, the longest-serving Negeri Sembilan menteri besar (1982-2004) and a federal minister, was accused of receiving the money in kickbacks for approving the purchase of the hotel.
Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd paid RM160 million in 2014 for the purchase, which was reportedly at least 50% higher than the actual value of the property.
Isa was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, which provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine five times the gratification amount, upon conviction.
The court was expected to mete out his sentence after hearing submissions for mitigation.