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Court allows release of Bung Moktar’s passport for Saudi Arabia trip

The Kinabatangan MP will have use of his passport until Nov 22, with his trial to continue on Nov 26.

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Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin. Photo: Bernama
Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin. Photo: Bernama

The Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court has granted Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin the temporary release of his passport to go to Saudi Arabia for official business, according to his lawyer Teh See Khoon.

“Yesterday, the court (judge Rozina Ayob) allowed the release of Bung’s passport from Nov 10 to 22, and he has to return the passport to the court on Nov 22.

“The application to obtain the passport was made as our client has official business in Saudi Arabia,” he told reporters when contacted today.

He added that the prosecution did not object to the application and that his client’s trial would resume on Nov 26.

On May 3, 2019, Bung, 62, pleaded not guilty to two charges of accepting bribes amounting to RM2.2 million and RM262,500 respectively as an inducement to obtain Felcra’s approval to invest RM150 million in Public Mutual unit trusts.

Bung, who was the non-executive chairman of Felcra at the time, was accused of accepting bribes from Public Mutual investment agent Madhi Abdul Hamid, 38, through his wife, Zizie Izette A Samad – at Public Bank’s Taman Melawati branch between 12.30pm and 5pm on June 12, 2015.

He also pleaded not guilty to accepting a cash bribe of RM335,500 for himself from another Public Mutual investment agent, Norlaili Ahmad Mokhtar, 42, under the name Zizie Izette, for the same purpose and at the same place on June 19, 2015.

Zizie meanwhile pleaded not guilty to three charges of abetting her husband in the matter.