PUTRAJAYA, April 2, 2013 – The Putrajaya Court of Appeal ordered the former Director General of the Immigration Department of Malaysia, Datuk Wahid Md Don, to enter his defense on corruption charges he faced in 2010.
Judge Datuk Sri Abu Samah Nordin when reading the decision made together with Judge Dato’ Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Dato’ Azhar Mohammad, ordered the accused to do so considering that the decision made by the Sessions Court to release the accused without hearing his defense and the assumption that Section 42 of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 is applicable, was incorrect.
The panel of judges also agreed with the facts submitted by the prosecutor translates that the money received by the accused can be regarded as a form of bribery. The case has been ordered for re-mention at the Sessions Court on April 16, 2013.
Earlier, on October 15, 2010, Judge Rosbiahanin Ariffin of the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court decided to release the accused after finding that prosecution failed to prove a prima facie case on the accused.
Datuk Wahid Md Don, 58, was alleged to have received a bribe of RM60,000 from a businessman, Datuk Low Chang Hian, on July 10, 2008, around 10.15pm at his residence located in Jalan Lembah Ledang, Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. The bribe was as a fee for the approval to bring in 4,337 Bangladeshi workers into Malaysia based on Datuk Low’s application.
Datuk Wahid faced charges under Section 11(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997. The trial which commenced since August 17, 2010, involved 40 witnesses, including former Minister of Home Affairs, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar and several foreign worker agents.
Datuk Wahid retired from the civil service a year ago and was represented by counsel V. Sithambaram, while the MACC’s prosecution was represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor, Saiful Hazmi Mohd Saad.