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Bung Moktar, wife to appeal High Court's review ruling – Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin and wife, Zizie Izette, have filed appeals to the Court of Appeal after a High Court rejected their mode of challenging a sessions court judge’s order calling for their defence on charges of corruption and abetment.
Deputy public prosecutor Law Chin How said the couple filed their notices of appeal at the High Court registry here on Friday afternoon, copies of which were extended to the prosecution.
The notices were filed in the High Court to allow the registry to prepare the appeal records for the disputing parties.
On Friday morning, judicial commissioner Azhar Abdul Hamid allowed the prosecution’s preliminary objection that Bung and Zizie were wrong to file motions, supported by affidavits, seeking a revision of trial judge Rozina Ayob’s decision.
The prosecution said the couple ought to have only sent a letter to Azhar to request the review.
Bung, a Sabah deputy chief minister, was charged with two counts of receiving bribes amounting to RM2.2 million and RM262,500 as gratification when he was Felcra’s chairman.
He is alleged to have done so to obtain Felcra’s approval to make a RM150 million Public Mutual unit investment in June 2015.
Zizie faces three charges of abetting him in the matter.
Law said the defence case is set to begin in the sessions court on Jan 3 as Bung and Zizie have not filed any application to stay proceedings pending the outcome in the Court of Appeal.
Bung and Zizie were represented by lawyers M Athimulan and K Kumaraendran.
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