Hydroshoppe director KL Tower bribery case trial begins Sept 10

KUALA LUMPUR – The Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur has scheduled a trial of 15 days beginning on Sept. 10 for a director of a company accused of offering a bribe annually worth RM500,000 to Tan Sri Annuar Musa over a period 15 years, as part and parcel with the acquisition by Tan Sri Annuar Musa (KL Tower), during which Tan Sri Annuar Musa was a beneficiary.

The dates were confirmed by Judge Suzana Hussin on Tuesday, June 4, after Mahadi Abdul Jumaat, deputy public prosecutor informed the court the teams of the prosecution and the defence had reached an agreement.

Dates are Sept. 10 and 11, October 29 and 30 and Nov. 6 and 7. Dec. 4, 5 and 9, and 12 to 13, 2024.

Weera Premananda, the lawyer representing Datuk Abdul Hasid Shaikh Abdul Razak, director of Hydroshoppe Sdn Bhd, will be presenting 15 prosecution witnesses against him.

Abdul Hamid Shaikh (50) is accused of paying a bribe to Datuk Tan Ser Lay (60), then Minister of Communications and Multimedia at the time, in order for Annuar to speed up the management and administration of his company’s KL Tower concession.

Between July and August of 2022, the offence is alleged to have occurred at Putrajaya’s Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.

The charge is under Section 16(6) (B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009. This carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a fine equal to five times the bribe or RM10,000 – whichever is greater – upon conviction.

Hydroshoppe has also been charged as a commercial organization under Section 17A(1) (a) of MACC Act 2009 for offering a bribe jointly to Tan at the same place and dates for Annuar. Bernama

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