Bung, Zizie appeal case management put back to March 22

Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin and his wife Zizie Izette Abdul Samad are accused of pocketing RM2.8 million in bribes. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 25, 2023.

THE Court of Appeal has fixed March 22 for further case management in the matter of Bung Moktar Radin and his wife Zizie Izette Abdul Samad’s appeal to review a Sessions Court’s decision requiring them to enter a defence on corruption charges.

The court, on September 2, 2022, said there was sufficient evidence against the Kinabatangan MP and his wife that they should enter their defence on three charges of accepting and abetting bribes amounting to RM2.8 million, as an inducement to obtain Felcra approval to invest RM150 million in Public Mutual Berhad unit trust.

Deputy public prosecutor Law Chin How confirmed a further case management date had been fixed, pending appeal.

Case management was held before Court of Appeal deputy registrar Mohd Khairi Haron today.

On December 9, 2022, High Court Judicial Commissioner Azhar Abdul Hamid dismissed the couple’s application for a review of the Sessions Court decision.

This was after the judge allowed the prosecution’s preliminary objection to dismissing the couple’s application on the grounds that Bung and Zizie had not filed it correctly.

The prosecution had argued that they should not have filed through a notice of motion but instead ought to have been made by a letter to the High Court.

On May 3, 2019, Bung Moktar was charged with two counts of accepting bribes of RM2.2 million and RM262,500 as an inducement to obtain Felcra approval to invest RM150 million in Public Mutual unit trusts.

He is alleged to have accepted the bribes from Public Mutual Berhad’s investment agent Madhi Abdul Hamid through Zizie Izette at Public Bank Taman Melawati Branch here between 12.30pm and 5pm on June 12, 2015.

Bung Moktar was also charged with receiving RM337,500 in cash from Unit Amanah consultant, Norhaili Ahmad Mokhtar, under the name of Zizie Izette for the same reason and place on June 19, 2015.

Meanwhile, Zizie is facing three charges of abetting her husband. – Bernama, January 25, 2023.

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