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Court hearing for Tengku Adnan’s appeal fixed for April 22

PUTRAJAYA (Jan 25): The Court of Appeal here today fixed two days beginning from April 22, 2021 to hear the appeal by Putrajaya Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor against his corruption conviction which led to a 12-month jail sentence and RM2 million fine for him.

Court of Appeal deputy registrar Darmafikri Abu Adam fixed the hearing dates following case management today.

The prosecution and Tengku Adnan’s lawyer Datuk Tan Hock Chuan appeared before Darmafikri in the Court of Appeal today.

The appellate court also fixed March 5 as another case management date before the appeal is heard in April.

Tan, when contacted by theedgemarkets.com, also confirmed the April hearing dates.

On Dec 21, 2020, it was reported that the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on that day found former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan, commonly known as Ku Nan, guilty of the RM2 million graft charge against him.

High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan sentenced Tengku Adnan to 12 months' jail and imposed a RM2 million fine on him. 

Tengku Adnan was accused of receiving kickbacks totalling RM2 million from Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd (AKSB) managing director Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong during his term as the federal territories minister.

The amount from AKSB was received via a Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque, which was deposited into a CIMB account owned by Tadmansori Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Tengku Adnan is the largest shareholder of Tadmansori and maintained that the RM2 million was a political donation for Umno he received on behalf of the party. The prosecution called a total of 23 witnesses to testify, while the defence called four, including Tengku Adnan, who was ordered to enter his defence on Oct 14, 2019.

Both sides submitted more than 80 items as evidence, including the application documents of AKSB to develop federal territory affordable housing projects, a RM2 million cheque, bank statements, Umno's annual statements, and documents on the estimated expenditure for the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections in 2016.

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