Malaysia: Ex-Felda head ordered to enter defence on nine graft charges

Malaysia’s High Court has ordered former Umno leader Isa Samad to enter his defence on all but one of the 10 charges against him in relation to the purchase of a hotel six years ago when he was chairman of key government agency Felda.

In his judgment, Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali said there was credible evidence against Isa over nine graft charges involving the inflated purchase price of the hotel.

“As such, I now call upon (him) to enter his defence in respect of the nine charges,” the judge was quoted as saying by The Star daily.

Isa, 70, is accused of receiving over RM3 million (S$976,188) in kickbacks for approving the RM160 million purchase of Merdeka Palace hotel in Kuching, Sarawak in 2014.

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