Umno president Zahid expected to face fresh corruption charges

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is already facing 47 counts of criminal breach of trust and money laundering cases.
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is already facing 47 counts of criminal breach of trust and money laundering cases.PHOTO: ZAHID HAMIDI / FACEBOOK

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is set to be charged for several counts of bribery in the foreign visa system (VLN) case on Wednesday (June 26).

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it has received consent from the Attorney General's Chambers to charge the Umno president.

He is already facing 47 counts of criminal breach of trust and money laundering cases.

“Dr Ahmad Zahid will face several charges in both courts under Section 16 (a)(B) of the MACC Act 2009 and Section 165 of the Penal Code," it said in a statement on Tuesday (June 25). 

The charges will be filed at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Wednesday and the Shah Alam Sessions Court on Thursday (June 27).

Earlier, The Star reported citing sources that Zahid is expected to face 40 counts of corruption involving the (VLN) system. 

With these fresh charges, the former deputy premier will have close to 90 cases against him.

 
 
 

According to previous reports, the former deputy premier had been summoned by MACC investigators who are conducting a probe involving a private company dealing in bringing in Chinese tourists to Malaysia.

He was seen entering the MACC headquarters at 9.30am on Monday and left around 12.30pm.

Zahid took over from former premier Najib Razak as Umno president in May last year days after the country's general election in which Umno, part of the Barisan Nasional coalition, was defeated by the Pakatan Harapan alliance.

In December, he announced that he was taking leave from his role of Umno president amid pressure from within his party, handing over the reins to Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who is serving as the party's acting president.