Bravo, ACA and AG! June 26, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Economy, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
Three years and four months.
X number of the Anti-Corruption Agency and Attorney-General’s office ‘man-hours’ on the case.
X amount billed to the public, not withstanding the RM 3 billion losses incurred by Perwaja.
The cost of all the above?
“The prosecution’s case has been negated by their own evidence and crippled by the non-calling of essential witnesses.” – Sessions judge Akhtar Tahir.
Thanks a lot, Ghani Patail. You guys sure deserve that payrise.
(Bodoh, bodoh, bodoh….)
Eric Chia acquitted of CBT
Jun 26, 07 11:35am (Malaysiakini.com)
Tycoon Eric Chia was today acquitted by the Sessions Court of committing breach of trust.
Sessions judge Akhtar Tahir was supposed to have ruled if Chia had a case to answer in the CBT charge initiated some three years and four months ago.
However the court today ruled that the prosecution has failed to establish a prime facie case against Chia and acquitted the tycoon without calling for his defence.
“The prosecution’s case has been negated by their own evidence and crippled by the non-calling of essential witnesses,” said Akhtar.
Chia, 74, has maintained his innocence since he was first charged on Feb 10, 2004.
Twenty nine prosecution witnesses had testified in the 43-day trial against the former managing director of Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd.
Chia was charged with misappropriating RM76.4mil from Perwaja Rolling Mill and Development Sdn Bhd in his capacity as its managing director at Level 13, Menara UBN at 10 Jalan P. Ramlee on Feb 19, 1994.
He was alleged to have dishonestly authorised a payment for the sum to the account of Frilsham Enterprise Incorporated with the American Express Bank Limited, Hong Kong, for technical assistance provided by NKK Corporation Japan for the “Beam and Section Mill Plant project” in Gurun, Kedah, when in fact no such payment was due to NKK Corporation.
He also faced an alternative charge of dishonestly disposing of the company’s funds by entering into an agreement with NKK Corporation and authorising RM76.4mil to be paid into the account of Frilsham Enterprise with American Express Bank without the approval of the board of directors of Perwaja Rolling Mill and Development Sdn Bhd.
The prosecution was led by Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor Yusof Zainal Abiden while lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah represented Chia.
[Full report to follow]