Former Malaysian DPM Zahid charged with another CBT offence, involving $3.3m

Former Malaysian DPM Zahid charged with another CBT offence, involving $3.3m
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KUALA LUMPUR - Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been slapped with a new criminal breach of trust (CBT) charge involving RM10millionĀ (S$3.3 million).

The charge was read out before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob on Friday (Dec 14).

Ahmad Zahid, who was entrusted with RM10mil belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi, was accused of committing CBT by dishonestly giving a loan to Armada Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The offence was allegedly committed at Affin Bank Berhad Jalan Bunus branch, Jalan Bunus, Off Jalan Masjid India here on Dec 8, 2015.

He was charged under Section 409 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum of 20 years' jail, whipping and a fine, if convicted.

He later claimed trial to the charge.

Earlier, DPP Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran informed judge Rozina that they had amendments pertaining to the offences committed for the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth charges.

Among the amendments were to add details of how the CBT offences were committed.

DPP Raja Rozela added that there were no changes to the remaining eight CBT charges.

The court then fixed Feb 20 for mention.

Ahmad Zahid was represented by lawyers Hisham Teh Poh Teik and Kitson Foong.

With the new charge, the Umno president now faces a total of 46 charges - 19 counts of CBT involving RM151million and 27 money-laundering charges amounting to RM72million.

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