PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has again rescheduled to another day to deliver its verdict on Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim’s appeal to strike out his corruption and money-laundering charges.
This time, the three-member panel comprising Justices Kamaludin Md Said, Justice Abu Bakar Jais and Justice Che Mohd Ruzima Ghazali, postponed it to Sept 5 as the former Tabung Haji chairman is unwell.
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Abdul Azeez’s lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad informed the court that his client could not attend court on Friday (Aug 26) as he was suffering from acute gastroenteritis since 2am and had gone to seek treatment at University Malaya Medical Centre.
“We have postponed the case many times and although we don’t want to dispute his health, he should not abuse the court’s process,” said Justice Kamaludin.
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Amer Hamzah said it was not his client’s intention to abuse the court’s process and would undertake to give the court a copy of Abdul Azeez’s medical certificate.
The panel was supposed to decide on Abdul Azeez’s appeal last month but it was postponed to today as Amer Hamzah told the court previously that he had made representations to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).
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However, the lawyer told the court today that he had not received any reply from the AGC.
Abdul Azeez, 55, is appealing against the High Court’s decision on March 12 last year which dismissed his application to strike out three corruption charges involving RM5.2mil in connection with road projects in Perak and Kedah, and 10 money-laundering charges involving RM13.9mil which he allegedly received from Menuju Asas Sdn Bhd.
For the three corruption charges, he was alleged to have committed the offences at CIMB Bank, Jalan Tun Perak in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 8, 2010, and at Affin Bank, Puchong City Centre, Selangor, on June 13, 2017, and April 10, 2018.
On the money laundering charges, Abdul Azeez was charged with committing the offences in Klang Valley between March 8, 2010, and Aug 30, 2018. – Bernama