Hydroshoppe Sdn Bhd Director Datuk Abdul Hamid Shaikh Abdul Razak Shaikh has requested to drop the charge of offering a bribe of RM500,000 per year for 15 years for the benefit of Tan Sri Annuar Musa in relation to the Kuala Lumpur Tower concession acquisition process he was facing.
Abdul Hamid Shaikh, 49, filed a preliminary notice of objection through Messrs. Chetan Jethwani & Company at the Sessions Court here, on May 31.
Based on the notice, the defense found that the charges against Abdul Hamid Shaikh were flawed and unfounded because one of the essential elements for the offense under Section 16 (b)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 was not stated.
In addition, the charge failed to comply with the provisions of Sections 152, 153 and 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code because one of the important details in the charge, which is the specific date of the offence, was not specified in the charge.
At today’s proceedings in front of Sessions Court Judge Suzana Hussin, lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad who represented Abdul Hamid Shaikh confirmed filing the notice via e-mail in addition to having received part of the case documents from the prosecution.
MACC Deputy Public Prosecutor Mahadi Abdul Jumaat said his party would submit another part of the case documents to the defense at the next mention of the case and confirmed that it had received an initial notice of objection.
Suzana set June 19 for both parties to file written submissions and July 18 for a decision on the initial objection application.
Earlier, in front of Judge Rozina Ayob, Amer Hamzah told the court that his party filed an application for the Hydroshoppe Sdn Bhd company case to be suspended pending the disposal of the Abdul Hamid Shaikh case proceedings.
Mahadi said his party requested to transfer the case of the Hydroshoppe company to another Sessions Court to be tried together with the case of Abdul Hamid Shaikh.
Amer Hamzah objected to the matter and requested that the prosecution make the request in writing.
Rozina fixed July 5 for the hearing of the application for the temporary suspension of the Hydroshoppe company case and the transfer of the case to another Sessions Court.
On April 5, Abdul Hamid Shaikh was accused of offering bribes through Datuk Tan Ser Lay, 60, as an encouragement to Annuar who was the Minister of Communications and Multimedia at the time to speed up the process of taking over the management and administration of the Menara Kuala Lumpur concession by the company in question.
He is accused of committing the act at the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Federal Government Administration Center, Putrajaya between July and August 2022.
Meanwhile, the Hydroshoppe company was charged with being a commercial organization committing an offense in association with Abdul Hamid Shaikh, offering the bribe to Tan, a businessman, for the benefit of Annuar with the same intention.