KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 12, 2018: A court here today discharged but did not acquit former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor of accepting RM2 million bribe from a businessman two years ago.
Sessions judge Azman Ahmad made the ruling after allowing an application by the prosecutor Julia Ibrahim relating to the second made against him on November 15.
“We find the facts in the first and second charges not related and thus inappropriate to be tried together. However, we will refile the second charge and it will read as a new charge,” said Julia.
Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Datuk Tan Hock Chuan did not object but requested the bail of RM1 million to be reduced to RM500,000 with one surety.
Azman allowed Tan’s request but maintained the other condition which requires Tengku Adnan to surrender his diplomatic and international passports to the court.
About half an hour later, a new charge involving the same transaction, which is for allegedly accepting RM2 million bribe two years ago, was read out to Tengku Adnan, who then pleaded not guilty.
He was alleged to have received RM2 million from one Chai Kin Kong on June 14 , 2016.
The court allowed Tengku Adnan’s application for the return of his passport to enable him to travel to Melbourne for medical treatment. — Bernama