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Zahid claims trial to another seven bribery charges

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KUALA LUMPUR — June 26, 2019: Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi today claimed trial to seven charges of accepting a bribe of SGD4.24 million from a company under the overseas visa system.

Zahid, 66, is accused of accepting the bribe from Syarikat Ultra Kirana Sdn. Bhd. as an inducement for him as the home minister to extend the company’s contract. He is alleged to have committed the offence between March 2017 and March 2, 2018.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd. Mukhzany Fariz Mohd. Mokhtar offered bail of RM200,000 with one surety for all the charges. Lawyer Kitson Foong for Zahid did not object.

Prior to these charges, Zahid had pleaded not guilty to 47 charges involving criminal breach of trust, bribery and money laundering. — Bernama

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