,Muar member of Parliament Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman greets well-wishers at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, June 21, 2022.Usdt第三方支付平台
THE prosecution in the case of Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who faces four charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), misappropriation of funds and money laundering, will prove that all offences allegedly committed by the Muar member of Parliament are of malicious intent and dishonest.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, who led the prosecution team, said his team would rely on a combination of direct evidence, circumstances and documents in proving the case against the accused.
“The evidence under sections 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the Evidence Act 1950 is not in favour of the accused.
“We will also not use the presumption under section 409A of the penal code in proving our case against the accused,” he said while reading the prosecution’s opening statement on the first day of the trial before High Court judge Azhar Abdul Hamid.
Syed Saddiq, 29, clad in a blue batik shirt, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex at about 9am.
After reading the opening statement, the prosecution called its first witness, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer, Mohd Taufik Awaluddin, 30, to testify.
Syed Saddiq was represented by lawyers Gobind Singh Deo, Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haijan Omar and Lim Wei Jiet.
Earlier, Wan Shaharuddin told the court that the prosecution had filed two amended charges related to CBT by removing the word “cheating” and replacing it with “dishonest”.
The two charges were then read back to Syed Saddiq and he pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
According to the first charge, Syed Saddiq is charged as the then Bersatu Youth wing or Armada chief – who was entrusted with control of Armada funds – of abetting Rafiq Hakim Razali, Armada’s assistant treasurer at the time, with CBT of RM1 million in funds belonging to the wing.
He is alleged of having committed the offence at CIMB Bank Bhd, Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, on March 6, 2020, and is charged under section 406 of the penal code, which provides imprisonment for up to 10 years with whipping, and is liable to a fine, if found guilty.
For the second charge, the accused is charged with misusing property for himself, namely RM120,000 from the Maybank Islamic Bhd account belonging to Armada Bumi Bersatu Enterprise by causing Rafiq to dispose of the money.
Syed Saddiq is accused of having committed the offence at Malayan Banking Bhd, Jalan Pandan 3/6A, Taman Pandan Jaya, Kuala Lumpur between April 8 and 21, 2018, and is charged under section 403 of the penal code, which carries a minimum jail term of six months and a maximum of five years with whipping and is punishable by a fine, if convicted.