Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and his wife Datin Seri Zizie Izette Abdul Samad have been ordered to enter their defence over corruption charges amounting to RM2.8 million, reported The Star.
This comes after Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob found that the prosecution had proved a prima facie case against the duo.
She also gave the couple three options to argue their case – giving sworn evidence from the witness box, giving an unsworn statement from the dock where Bung Moktar cannot be cross-examined or choose to remain silent, in which case the court must proceed to convict.
Charged with corruption in 2019
On May 3, 2019, the controversial MP was slapped with three counts of bribery totaling RM2.8mil to obtain approval for Felcra Berhad to invest RM150mil in Public Mutual unit trusts, reported The Star.
Bung Moktar is accused of receiving bribes from Public Mutual investment agent Madhi Abdul Hamid via Zizie at Public Bank’s Taman Melawati branch between 12.30pm and 5pm June 12, 2015.
He is also accused of taking a RM337,500 bribe in cash from Public Mutual’s investment agent, Norhaili Ahmad Mokhtar, through the Public Ittikal Sequel Fund (PITSEQ) account number 044797824 registered in Zizie’s name.
As for Zizie herself, she is facing three charges of abetment.
Both pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
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