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Ku Nan’s trial: Defence pushes on the political donation argument

Former minister Ku Nan adamant RM2 million given by developer was a donation for Umno.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Sept. 11, 2020: Former Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is pushing the argument that the prosecution has failed to rebut evidence a sum of RM2 million he had received was a political donation, not gratification or corruption.

This is based on testimonies to this effect, including from investigation officer Muhamad Saad Bordani from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

According to lawyer for the politician widely known as Ku Nan, Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, Saad had also confirmed that both Aset Kayamas managing director Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong and Ku Nan had said so in their statements he recorded.

One point Tan mentioned as significant was that Chai was not re-examined regarding his statement.

“Failure by the prosecution to re-examine on this issue amounts to an acceptance of the testimony,” argued Tan in his submission today.

Ku Nan is charged with accepting RM2 million from Chai via a cheque under Aset Kayamas which was deposited into an account belonging to Tadmansori Holding, in which the accused had an interest, in June 2016.

Tan also said that Tadmansori’s CEO Datuk Mohd. Hasbi Jaafar had testified the accused informed him the money was a political donation.

The defence will continue with its submission on September 18 before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.

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