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Khir Toyo loses final court appeal

Khir Toyo was found guilty of committing the offence when holding public officeas Selangor mentri besar.

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PUTRAJAYA — September 22, 2015: Former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr. Mohamad Khir Toyo today lost his final appeal to set aside his conviction for using his position to obtain land and a bungalow in Shah Alam eight years ago.

A five-member panel of the Federal Court chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin dismissed Khir’s appeal and upheld
the conviction.

The other judges were Justices Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha and Datuk Ramly Ali.

The court stood down for half an hour to allow counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah to consult Khir before making submissions on sentencing.

In a unanimous decision read out by Tan, the court ruled that the charge against Khir was not defective.

It said there was no error in the ingredients of the charge stating that Khir had committed the offence in his capacity as a public servant.

Khir, 50, dressed in a grey suit, looked calm when the court handed down the verdict.

The Federal Court was rescheduled today to deliver its verdict after postponing it on August 27 because Khir was undergoing treatment at the
National Heart Institute.

The High Court in Shah Alam had found Khir, a dentist by training, guilty of obtaining for himself and his wife Zahrah Kechik, 50, two
plots of land and a bungalow in Section 7, Shah Alam, from Ditamas Sdn. Bhd. through its director Datuk Shamsuddin Hayroni. Khir then lost his appeal in the Court of Appeal on May 30, 2013.

The former Sungai Panjang assemblyman was accused of committing the offence at the official residence of the mentri besar on May 29, 2007. — Bernama

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