In January 2023, Malaysia’s new Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, goes on trial for corruption

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His current trial for corruption has been postponed to January 2023.

The new trial dates are Jan 16 to Jan 19; Jan 30 to Jan 31; Feb 7 to Feb 9; March 27 to March 30; April 10 to April 13; and May 15 to May 18.

Zahid, 69, is facing 47 charges, including 12 for criminal breach of trust (CBT), eight for corruption and 27 for money laundering involving RM31 million of YAB funds.

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ARAU: Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is plotting to become the next prime minister despite endorsing Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as BN’s poster boy for the 15th General Election (GE15).

Former deputy communications and multimedia minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, who was dropped by BN from contesting in Padang Besar, where he was the incumbent, claimed Zahid had taken advantage of the BN candidates’ selection process to strengthen his grip on the party.

“We can see Zahid is eyeing the prime minister post but let’s not forget that he has multiple court cases, and this will make it even more difficult for Umno to win (the GE15).

“Supposedly the candidates’ selection was done by the Umno Top 5 but personally I think it was done unilaterally by the president himself, although some of the party’s top leaders disagreed with the list,” he told reporters at former Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim’s service centre here today.

Zahidi and Shahidan were among a number of Umno big guns who were dropped by BN.
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Zahidi further alleged that Zahid was using GE15 to consolidate support to free himself from his criminal cases while compromising Umno.

“In this case, they are using the MPs’ election process to free someone from court cases, but this has placed the party members in a dilemma.

“I believe the Umno grassroots in Padang Besar are torn between supporting the party and defending the Umno president.”

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s corruption trial for misappropriating funds from his foundation Yayasan Akalbudi will resume in January.

High Court Judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah vacated the remaining four days of Zahid’s trial this month pending his appeal at the Court of Appeal (CoA).

Sequerah made the ruling after Zahid’s lead counsel Datuk Hisyam Teh Poh Teik applied to the court to vacate the hearing today and tomorrow as well as on Nov 9 and Nov 10, pending the outcome of the Nov 14 appeal.

The appeal is on Zahid’s application to obtain recorded statements of 15 witnesses from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) involved in his trial.

Hisyam said the CoA has fixed their interlocutory appeal hearing to commence on Nov 14.

“The decision at the COA will help us to determine the number and sequence of witnesses.

“There are quite a number of witnesses being offered to the defence which we will focus upon.

“But we will need guidance from the Court of Appeal with regards to whether we are able to get their statements or otherwise.

“So we are in a dilemma. In the name of fairness, we ask the court to wait for the outcome of Nov 14,” he said.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Abdul Malik Ayob did not object to the application.

Sequerah then adjourned the proceedings and the trial will resume between January and May next year.

The new trial dates are Jan 16 to Jan 19; Jan 30 to Jan 31; Feb 7 to Feb 9; March 27 to March 30; April 10 to April 13; and May 15 to May 18.

Did Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ask UMNO GE15 candidates to sign a letter of pledge giving him the mandate to form the Cabinet if Barisan Nasional wins the poll?

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