MACC investigator: Firms that paid Zahid had no business activities

He says the companies shared the same address and had very ‘active’ accounts.

There were three companies that allegedly bribed Ahmad Zahid Hamidi when he was deputy prime minister, but the companies did not appear to have proper business activities, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur was told today.

However, MACC investigating officer Mohd Zamri Abdul Rashid said the banking accounts of these companies were “excessively active”, with large amounts of money passing through.

These three companies are Mastoro Kenny IT Consultant & Services (Mastoro Kenny), Jogabonito Jewellery & Diamonds (Jogabonito) and Berani & Jujur Trading (Berani & Jujur).

Mohd Zamri said this when re-examined by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi during today’s hearing of the criminal breach of trust, corruption and money laundering trial of Zahid.

“Berani & Jujur does not have staff and its business address was a condominium unit. Based on our financial analysis, the accounts were too active. It involved large sums.

“Company records showed that the company was involved in agriculture. But based on witness statements, the company was also involved in textiles. But my investigation showed no evidence of textile trading. When we raided their premises, we didn’t see business activities.

“It’s the same for Mastoro Kennny and Jogabonito, registered to the same address. There were no business activities,” testified Mohd Zamri further.

Zahid, who is the current Umno president, is facing 12 charges for criminal breach of trust, eight charges for corruption and 27 charges for money laundering.

He is accused of receiving RM13.25 million from Mastoro Kenny between 2017 and 2018 as an inducement to help the company secure projects involving approval by the Home Ministry which was under him then.

By : M FAKHRULL HALIM – MALAYSIAKINI

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