Lawyer Salehuddin Saidin informs the Courtroom of Attraction the previous Felda chairman has been admitted to hospital.
PUTRAJAYA: Former Felda chairman Isa Samad’s attraction from his conviction for corruption involving RM3.09 million linked to the acquisition of a resort in Kuching has been rescheduled to Oct 16.
This got here after lawyer Salehuddin Saidin knowledgeable the Courtroom of Attraction that Isa has been admitted to a hospital for a coronary heart downside.
“His spouse, who’s his bailor, additionally couldn’t be right here (at this time) as a result of she took a knee injection and is unable to stroll. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” he mentioned.
Deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz didn’t object to the adjournment of the attraction.
Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail then rescheduled the attraction, saying: “We hope he will likely be all proper by then.”
The opposite judges who sat with Hadhariah have been Justices Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim and Azmi Ariffin.
Isa was accused of receiving RM3.09 million in kickbacks for approving the acquisition of the resort.
In 2021, the Excessive Courtroom discovered him responsible of 9 counts of corruption and sentenced him to 6 years in jail and a positive of RM15.4 million.
He was launched on bail of RM1.5 million pending the disposal of the attraction.
Felda Funding Company Sdn Bhd (FIC) paid RM160 million in 2014 for the acquisition, reportedly not less than 50% increased than the precise worth of the property.
Justice Nazlan Ghazali, who presided over the trial, dominated that the defence had didn’t solid cheap doubt on the prosecution’s case.
In his judgment, he mentioned the courtroom discovered the defence’s narrative on the 9 counts of corruption merely an “afterthought”.
The courtroom was informed that Isa accepted the cash in 9 tranches between July 2014 and December 2015.
The cash was paid by Sarawak businessman Ikhwan Zaidel to Isa for approving FIC’s buy of the resort, and handed to Isa by his former aide, Zahid Arip.
“It’s true that nobody witnessed the handover. Zahid had testified that the cash was handed to the accused (Isa) in secrecy,” Nazlan mentioned.
“Testimonies by defence witnesses such because the accused’s former secretary (Zuraida Ariffin @ Shaari) and bodyguard (Kamar Bashah Shariff) didn’t help the defence’s case.
“The secretary could not have seen Zahid strolling into the accused’s room with one thing in his hand, and the bodyguard doesn’t essentially verify on the accused’s bag on the finish of the day.”
Isa was Negeri Sembilan’s longest-serving menteri besar, having held the workplace between 1982 and 2004.