Friday August 31, 2012
DPP drops Dr M as witness in consultant’s trial
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not be called as a witness in the trial of former National Feedlot Corp Sdn Bhd consultant Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who faces cheating and money laundering charges involving RM1.755mil.
DPP Datuk Abdul Razak Musa tendered an agreed statement of facts to the Sessions Court yesterday.
He also said the prosecution would not be calling arresting officer Chia Keh Teong in the trial, adding that this had been agreed between parties during a pre-trial conference.
Yesterday, lawyer Zarina Ismail also withdrew from representing her brother Shamsubahrin in the trial following objections by the prosecution that she may be a potential witness.
His co-counsel Afifuddin Ahmad Hafifi told the court that Zarina’s appearance would not prejudice the trial.
However, Sessions judge Rozilah Salleh said that “it will be messy” and suggested her withdrawal from the case.
DPP Abdul Razak said he would be calling about 30 witnesses in the trial.
The court has set Sept 10 for the trial.
Shamsubahrin, CEO of Shamsubahrin Ismail Resouces Sdn Bhd, faces five cheating and 17 money laundering charges.
He has been accused of five counts of duping NFCorp chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail over consultancy services.