The prosecution will present evidence that UMNO President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, 68, during his four years as Home Minister at the time had taken advantage of his position to amass wealth.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP), Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran said Ahmad Zahid, who faces 40 corruption charges in connection with the Overseas Visa System (VLN), will prove that the former Deputy Prime Minister received a bribe of millions of ringgit.
She said the bribe was a reward and incentive to maintain and extend the contract of appointment of Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) related to the visa.
“UKSB is a company appointed by the government as a contractor to carry out supply and service works for the Ministry of Home Affairs. The appointment of UKSB has been made in accordance with several agreements signed between the Malaysian government and UKSB,
“The accused received bribes involving cash of various currencies, namely Singapore dollars SG $ 14.71 million, RM3.125 million, US $ 15,000 and EURO5,000. The accused received this money from UKSB.” she said.
The Prosecutor said this while reading the opening speech of the case on the first day of the trial before High Court Judge Datuk Mohd Yazid Mustafa at the High Court here today.
Raja Rozela said the prosecution would call at least 20 witnesses to testify and at today’s hearing, two or three witnesses are expected to testify.
She said the prosecution would also submit oral evidence and documents that would prove Ahmad Zahid was involved and had knowledge of UKSB’s appointment as a contractor.
“At the end of the prosecution case, Your Honor will be able to see that there is a close connection between the fact of UKSB’s appointment as the contractor and the fact of receipt of cash by the accused.
“All the evidence that will be brought in will prove ‘prima facie’ that the accused has committed the offense as stated in each charge,” she said.