RM47 mil Felda CBT case: Court refuses bid to recall witness

Court sets May 28 for both sides to file submissions at the end of defence case and June 8 for judgment.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court today dismissed an application by the prosecution to recall a rebuttal witness in the case of two former Felda senior officers charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and abetment involving over RM47 million.

Judge Allaudeen Ismail made the decision after evaluating the submissions of the prosecution and defence in the case against former general manager Faizoull Ahmad, 58, and former deputy general manager (strategic resources) Muhammad Sufi Mahbub, 54.

The court then set May 28 for the two sides to file their submissions at the end of the defence case, and June 8 for judgment.

Sufi, as a person entrusted with control over Felda’s funds, stands accused of committing CBT by disposing of and approving payments of RM25,999,000 and RM21,625,500 without the approval of the board of directors or the Felda Tender Committee.

He allegedly made the approval in the “Technology Transfer and Supply Agreement” and a “Design-Build Contract Agreement” with I2C Hassed Co Ltd and I2C Hassed (M) Sdn Bhd through Felda Caviartive Sdn Bhd.

He faces Section 409 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum 20 years jail and whipping, and a fine upon conviction.

Meanwhile, Faizoull is accused of abetting Sufi, under Section 109, read together with Section 409.

The offences were allegedly committed at Wisma Felda Building, Jalan Perumahan Gurney here, between Jan 13 and July 23, 2014.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy public prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz prosecuted while counsel Ahmad Zaidi Zainal represented Sufi. Faizoull was represented by counsel Azad Bashir.

The defence closed its case on April 26 after calling four witnesses. The prosecution called 49 witnesses.

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