Thursday, March 4, 2021

Ku Nan appeals against jail term, fine for graft

Whether the prosecution will file an appeal over the sentence will be decided by the AGC within 14 days of the date of judgment.

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Former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has filed an appeal against the 12-month jail sentence and RM2 million fine imposed by the High Court yesterday after finding him guilty of accepting a bribe of RM2 million from a businessman.

His lawyer, Tan Hock Chuan, when contacted by reporters, said the notice of appeal was filed yesterday through the online judicial system.

Meanwhile, deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim said whether or not the prosecution would file an appeal over the sentence would be decided by the Attorney-General’s Chambers within 14 days of the date of judgment.

Yesterday, High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan sentenced Tengku Adnan, 70, to 12 months in jail and fined him RM2 million in default of six months’ jail after finding him guilty of the charge.

He said the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and that the Putrajaya MP had failed to raise reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

However, he allowed Tengku Adnan’s application for a stay of execution of the jail sentence and fine pending his appeal.

Tengku Adnan was charged in his capacity as a public servant with having received for himself a total of RM2 million from businessman Chai Kin Kong, who is Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd director, through a Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque belonging to the company which was deposited into a CIMB account owned by Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd, which Tengku Adnan had an interest in and was known to Aset Kayamas as being related to his official duties.

He was accused of committing the offence at the Pusat Bandar Damansara branch of CIMB Bank Bhd on June 14, 2016 under Section 165 of the Penal Code which carries an imprisonment of up to two years, a fine or both upon conviction.

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