The Court of Appeal today set aside the conviction, 12-month jail term and RM2 million fine of former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor for accepting a RM2 million bribe from a businessman five years ago, overturning the High Court decision last year.
Justice Suraya Othman, who read the 2-1 majority decision, said the High Court judge had erred in his judgment.
“The appellant should have been acquitted. We must intervene and allow this appeal. We therefore set aside the conviction and sentence by the High Court judge,” she said.
Ahmad Nasfy Yasin agreed with Suraya while Abu Bakar Jais dissented.
Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, was convicted and sentenced on Dec 21.
However, the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed the Putrajaya MP’s application for a stay of execution for his jail sentence and fine pending his appeal.
Tengku Adnan was charged in his capacity as a public servant with receiving for himself a total of RM2 million from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd (AKSB) director Chai Kin Kong through a cheque deposited into a bank account owned by Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd, in which Tengku Adnan has an interest, and which was known to AKSB as being related to his official duties.
He was accused of committing the offence at CIMB Bank Bhd, Damansara Town Centre branch in Putrajaya on June 14, 2016, under Section 165 of the Penal Code which provides an imprisonment of up to two years or a fine or both.