Zahid at MACC again, likely to face charges

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 20, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-Malaysia charged a former deputy prime minister with breaking money-laundering and corruption laws as Mahathir Mohamad's government steps up investigations into graft allegations plaguing the former administration.

Ahmad Zahid leads the opposition as the president of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the once-powerful party that ruled Malaysia for 60 years before being ousted in a shock general election defeat in May.

Malaysian former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi walks out of court room at Kuala Lumpur High Court.

He faces several charges linked to the alleged misappropriation of funds from Yayasan Akal Budi, a welfare foundation that he chairs.

Each of the 45 charges carries a jail term of up to 20 years, with fines of up to five times the value of the illegal transactions for the money laundering and abuse of power offences.

He left some 90 minutes before Dr Ahmad Zahid was scheduled to arrive.

According to media, Ahmad Zahid was accused of using funds from his family-run charity foundation to pay off credit card bills for himself and his wife. Some of them wore purple t-shirts with the words "Lokap SPRM" (MACC lock-up) to express their dissatisfaction at the detention of Dr Ahmad Zahid.

"The lawyer wanted to get him out but he refused".

She said Ahmad Zahid had been detained for 10 days (under the Internal Security Act) when he was the Umno Youth chief.

"What is important is that Umno members and all parties must remain calm and take a rational approach in the face of these issues", he said in a statement yesterday.

"This action is a strategy to portray Zahid as an untrustworthy and unqualified leader", said Jalaluddin Alias, a member of the party's supreme council.

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