Zahid expected to face fresh corruption charges

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is expected to face 40 counts of corruption involving the foreign visa system (VLN) when he is brought to court this week.

With these fresh charges, the former deputy premier will have close to 90 cases against him. He is already facing 47 counts of criminal breach of trust and money laundering cases. 

On Wednesday (June 26), Zahid will face seven charges at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court. It is learnt that on Thursday (June 27), Zahid, who is also former Home Minister, will face the remaining 33 charges at the Shah Alam Sessions Court.

Sources said that he will face 33 charges under Section(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption-Commission Act (MACC) where he is accused of bribery. The remaining seven charges are under Section 165 of the Penal Code, relating to corruption. 

According to earlier reports, the former deputy premier had been summoned by MACC investigators who are conducting a probe involving a private company dealing in bringing in Chinese tourists to Malaysia. 

He was seen entering the MACC headquarters at 9.30am on Monday and left around 12.30pm. 

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