Isa Samad’s passport return request to be heard on March 9 | Malaysia

Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad is pictured at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on February 3, 2021. – Image by Hari Anggara

PUTRAJAYA, March 2 – The Court of Appeal has set March 9 as the date to hear former Felda Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad’s request for the return of his passport.

He is seeking the return of his travel documents to enable him to attend his daughter’s convocation to a UK university at the end of this month.

Deputy Prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz told reporters when contacted that the court today set the date for the handling of online cases before Deputy Registrar Nurul Azrina Mohamed Yusof.

“Tan Sri Isa filed his application for the temporary return of his passport on February 24,” he said, adding that the court had also set May 11 for the further handling of the case.

On February 3 last year, Isa, 72, was found guilty of nine bribery charges involving RM3 million related to the purchase of the Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites (MPHS) in Kuching, Sarawak and was sentenced to six years in prison on each charge and fined. RM15.45 million, with an additional 18 years in prison if he does not pay the fine.

Mohd Isa is only required to serve six years after Judge Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali (who is now a judge in the Court of Appeal) ordered that all prison sentences be served simultaneously.

The judge handed down his verdict after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in proving their case for all the charges against Mohd Isa.

Former Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar appealed on February 4, 2021. — Bernama

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