High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah, who is presiding over Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s corruption trial, visited two bungalow units in Country Heights, Kajang, today which were allegedly bought with funds from Yayasan Akalbudi.
The bungalows were purportedly bought for use as a Quran study centre for retirees and tahfiz students.
Sequerah arrived at the site at about 10.40am, accompanied by several police vehicles and a police patrol car.
Accompanying the the judge were deputy public prosecutors Harris Ong Mohd Jeffrey Ong and Abdul Malik Ayob. Also present were Zahid with his team of lawyers, comprising Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, Hamidi Mohd Noh and Zaidi Ahmad Zainal.
They visited the two bungalows and left at about 11.25am to head back to the Kuala Lumpur court complex.
On July 6, Sequerah acceded to a request by the defence for a site visit to the bungalows in the interest of justice.
According to Hisyam, the visit would give a clear picture of the current status of the bungalows, their location and the distance between both bungalow lots and Surau An-Nur.
The court had been informed that Zahid contributed RM5.9 million to Yayasan Al-Falah for the purchase of the two bungalows through a cheque by Messrs Lewis & Co, the trustee of Yayasan Akalbudi which belonged to the former deputy prime minister.
On Jan 24, the court ordered Zahid to enter his defence for 47 charges — 12 of criminal breach of trust, eight of corruption and 27 of money laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.