Malaysia: Mat Sabu’s ex-aide slapped with 5 corruption charges

The former political secretary to Amanah president Mohamad Sabu pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to five counts of corruption involving RM6.35 million linked to a defence ministry project.

Mohd Azhar Che Mat Dali was charged under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act with soliciting RM5 million and receiving RM1.35 million in kickbacks from a director of FEHM Entity Sdn Bhd, Elias Jemadi Tajudin.

The alleged kickbacks were meant for Azhar, then political secretary to Mohamad, the defence minister at the time, to assist FEHM Entity to become the strategic partner and contractor for the ministry’s project in maintaining intelligence devices.

Azhar was said to have received the money through two individuals – Ahmad Hisham Mohd Tajuddin and Zainuddin Abdul Majid.

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