Ahmad Zahid Hamidi tells the Kuala Lumpur High Court today the prosecution was trying to trap him by repeating questions on the same issue. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 7, 2022.新2注册（www.hg108.vip）是皇冠体育官方正网（新2信用网）线上开放新2会员开户、新2代理开户，新2额度自动充值等业务的直营平台。
AHMAD Zahid Hamidi, who is making his defence on corruption charges involving Yayasan Akalbudi funds, told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today that the prosecution was trying to trap him by repeating questions on the same issue.
Zahid, 69, said this when deputy public prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong kept pushing for details on donations given to the foundation.
The former deputy prime minister had replied saying it sufficed for him to only see the monthly bank statement and ledger that recorded the transfer of foundation funds into the client’s account at the law firm of Messrs. Lewis & Co, which was entrusted with managing the fund.
“The donation was not made in my name, but to a foundation, and if the foundation is managed by a law firm and it is clear the donation had been credited, it is immoral to ask who the giver is or has the money been credited… putting this question to me repeatedly, is to trap me,” he said.
Harris, however, told the court that the prosecution was just trying to seek justice and the facts needed to be presented so that it could be decided by the court.
Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, representing Zahid, was not satisfied with the explanation, saying the prosecution could bring up the matter during submission.,
High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah later interjected and asked the deputy public prosecutor to continue with his questions.
To a question by the deputy public prosecutor, the Bagan Datuk MP told the court there were three different dates and it was impossible for him to remember.
“I was not shown the original cheques, but there was a monthly statement that matched the ledger,” he said.
Earlier, Harris referred Zahid to 11 cheques amounting to RM3.8 million from various individuals and corporate bodies for donation to the foundation and the money was credited into a customer’s account at Lewis & Co.
Zahid said he did not know who the owner of the cheques were as he had never seen the cheques physically.
Zahid is facing 47 charges – 12 of them for breach of trust, eight for corruption and 27 for money-laundering – involving tens of millions of ringgit of funds belonging to the foundation.
The trial before judge Sequerah continues. – Bernama, July 7, 2022.
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