Monday, October 18, 2021

Court allows Zahid’s bid for return of passport to seek treatment in Germany

His lawyer says the temporary release of the passport will not affect the Umno president's next trial date.

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The Shah Alam High Court today allowed the application by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is facing 40 charges of corruption involving the extension of contract to Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) to operate the foreign visa system (VLN), for the temporary return of his passport to enable him to go to Germany for treatment.

His lawyer Ahmad Zaidi Zainal said the application was made at the Shah Alam High Court before judge Mohd Yazid Mustafa.

The application was similar to the one made at the Kuala Lumpur High Court last week, he said when met by reporters today.

He said the temporary release of the passport would not affect Zahid’s next trial date, which is on Oct 22.

On Oct 7, lawyer Hamidi Mohd Noh, also representing Zahid, said his client had applied to the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his passport to be released on Oct 26 and that it would be returned on Nov 21.

Hamidi 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.

Zahid is facing 33 charges of receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56 million (RM42 million) from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd as an inducement for himself in his capacity as a civil servant and home minister at the time to extend the contract of the company as the operator of the one-stop centre in China and the VLN system as well as to maintain the agreement to supply VLN integrated system paraphernalia to the same company by the home ministry.

In another seven charges, Zahid is accused as then home minister of accepting S$1,150,000, RM3,000,000, €15,000 (RM75,663) and US$15,000 (RM62,115) in cash from the same company which he knew had a connection with his function as minister.

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