KUALA LUMPUR : The High Court here today ruled that there was no evidence showing that Muhammad Zahid Md Arip, the former special political aide to Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, had conspired with other individuals to share the RM3 million bribe and persecute the former Felda chairman.
The individuals are the 15th prosecution witness (SP15) former chief executive officer of Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FICSB) Mohd Zaid Abdul Jalil; former board member of Gegasan Abadi Properties Sdn Bhd (GAPSB) Ikhwan Zaidel (SP16) and shareholder and director of JV Evolution Sdn Bhd (JVESB) Azizi Abdul Wahab (SP17).
Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali in his judgment said there was no evidence to show that Muhammad Zahid who is the 21st prosecution witness (SP21) had a motive to abuse the accused’s position to solicit bribes from Ikhwan for himself.
“Furthermore, why would SP16 hand over more than RM3 million to SP21 who is only the accused’s special aide and does not have any authority in the purchase of Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites (MPHS) from GAPSB by FICSB, including in terms of negotiations, approvals and payments?
“There is no reasonable excuse for SP17 and SP16 as the businessmen who benefit from FICSB’s consent and approval on the purchase of MPHS from GAPSB to plan to cheat and persecute the accused.