KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here Monday acquitted and discharged Cheras UMNO division information chief from a criminal breach of trust (CBT) charge amounting to RM4,350, two years ago.
Judge Mohd Nasir Nordin made the decision after Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecuting officer Wan Ahmad Nidzam Wan Omar said the prosecution had withdrawn the charge against Zamri Redzuan@Ridzuan,50.
Wan Ahmad Nidzam told the court the charge was withdrawn after the Attorney General’s Chambers was satisfied with the representation submitted by Zamri through his lawyer, Mohd Baharuddin Ahmad Kassim in early April.
Wan Ahmad Nidzam requested that the accused be discharged not amounting to acquittal under Section 254 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Mohd Baharuddin argued his client should be acquitted and discharged under Section 254(3) of the same code since the department had accepted the representation of the defence.
In this regard, Judge Mohd Nasir acquitted and discharged Zamri from the charge and ordered the surety of RM8,000 be returned to the accused.
The case should has been set for hearing for five days starting today.
Zamri, the Jalan Pasar Pudu UMNO branch chief who was entrusted with the branch’s account, was charged with CBT after he banked in a cheque amounting RM4,350 into his own account.
The money should have been paid to a tailoring shop (Mun Men’s Wear).
Zamri, who was a furniture trader, was charged with committing the offence in Cheras on January 27, 2014 under Section 409 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum jail term of 20 years with caning and liable to a fine upon conviction.