After the testimony from Director of Assets of Kayamas, is Ku Nan still guilty?
Former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan (Ku Nan) allegedly had received for himself RM2 million from the Director of Assets of Kayamas Sdn Bhd (AKSB), Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong through a check deposited into a bank account belonging to Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd in last December.
The amount was received via Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque from the company, which then was deposited into a CIMB account owned by Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd which was controlled by the former Minister.
Ku Nan has been found guilty of the RM2 million graft charge against him by the High Court late last year.
However, he stated that the RM2 Million was a political donation during the demise of their incumbents, Datuk Noriah Kasnon and Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad respectively, in a helicopter crash on May 5, 2016.
At the time, Ku Nan claimed that he asked Chai to contribute to the political party’s campaign for two by-elections.
However on 22nd April during his appeal this month, The Kayamas Sdn Bhd Managing Director has testified that the funds was a political donations to Ku Nan.
“The payment by Chai was made on 14th June 2016, while the twin by-elections were scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 20. The appellant (Tengku Adnan) had also testified that he advanced his money for the by-elections to that amount” said Tengku Adnan’s counsel Datuk Tan Hock Chuan to the appellate court bench.
Tan said the High Court judge was wrong in not accepting Chai’s testimony stating that the RM2 million cheque was a donation to Tadmansori Holding Sdn Bhd.
Meanwhile, the prosecution, represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor Asmah Musa said, evidence that the money was for political donations only arose during cross examination of the prosecution’s sixth witness, Tadmansori’s Chief Operating Officer, Datuk Mohd. Hasbi Jaafar and was never informed to the investigating officer during the investigation.
She argued that the accused had obtained RM2 million for personal gain and not a political contribution when there was no proper record based on the receipt obtained on the provision of the funds to UMNO.