Monday, October 18, 2021

Zahid applies for passport to seek medical treatment in Germany

His lawyer says the 'pain intervention in Malaysia is not sufficient'.

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Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is facing 47 charges of money laundering, criminal breach of trust (CBT) and corruption, today applied for the temporary return of his impounded passport to seek medical treatment in Munich, Germany.

The former deputy prime minister’s counsel Hamidi Mohd Noh informed High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah that his client was suffering from back and neck pain and needed to get treatment from a leading specialist in Munich.

“My client has been suffering from back and neck pain. He was originally treated by a doctor from Germany in 2013, 2014 (and) 2016.

“We are making this application to allow the accused treatment to the effect where it is effective and that is required. The pain intervention in Malaysia (is) not sufficient for Zahid,” he said.

The application was filed on Oct 4 and came up for case management today.

Deputy public prosecutor Gan Peng Kun, who did not object to the application, said: “The prosecution received instructions not to object the application.”

Judge Sequerah then fixed Monday for his decision on the matter.

Hamidi, when met after the proceedings, said Zahid applied for his passport to be released on Oct 26 and that it would be returned on Nov 21.

“We will make the same application (to obtain the passport) at the Shah Alam High Court this Monday,” he said.

Zahid, 68, is facing 47 charges – 12 of CBT, eight of corruption, and 27 of money laundering – involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.

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