Zahid’s trial: Money changer says accused never instructed him to use his contacts to issue cheques

Published on 29 Jul 2020 10:00:02 PM

Money changer Omar Ali Abdullah said former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had never instructed him to use his personal contacts to issue cheques to replace cash donations meant for charity body Yayasan Akalbudi.

Omar Ali testified in in Zahid’s trial at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday.

Zahid faces 47 counts of charges relating to money laundering, corruption and criminal breach of trust.

For the 27th charge, Zahid allegedly committed money-laundering by instructing Omar Ali to convert for him a cash amounting to RM6.89 million, which is income from illegal activities, into 30 cheques that were given to Messrs Lewis & Co for the opening of Maybank fixed deposit accounts.