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Guan Eng’s trial: Witness agrees Zarul is someone who is willing to fabricate evidence

Azli Adam, the former senior Vice President of Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd (CZBSB), agreed in court (on June 27) that Datuk Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulkifli was someone who is willing to fabricate evidence.

He said so during the cross examination of Gobind Singh Deo, the counsel for Lim Guan Eng in the alleged corruption case related to Penang’s RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel project while he was still chief minister.

Azli was asked about his earlier testimony that he was asked to fabricate payment vouchers and invoices by Zarul Ahmad. Zarul Ahmad is former Director of CZBSB.

Zarul Ahmad himself was scheduled to attend court at morning (June 27) for the cross examination of Gobind Singh, but he did not turn up in court as he was on medical leave.

Instead, Ahmad Azli was called to the stand by the prosecution.

Gobind: Sudah tentu En Azli setuju tindakan Datuk Zarul itu menunjukkan Datuk Zarul adalah sudi mereka keterangan
Azli: Itu saya tak pasti
Gobind: Fikir dulu. Beliau arahkan kamu meraka keterangan. Kamu ikut. Jadi beliau seorang yang sudi mereka keterangan. Itu keterangan kamu
Azli: Saya mereka akaun bukan keterangan
Gobind: Akaun itu keterangan. It’s evidence
Azli: Evidence yes
Gobind: Jadi itu menunjukkan Datuk Zarul sudi mereka keterangan
Azli: Tak pasti
Gobind: Tadi angguk kepala. Jadi keterangan kamu Datuk Zarul seorang yang sudi mereka keterangan
Azli: Ya betul.

Azli was also asked whether he knew who the ultimate recipient was for the payments that he had issued the fake invoices for. He said he did not know.

Gobind: Encik Azli tidak mengesahkan siapa yang menerima wang ini daripada Datuk Zarul
Azli: Ya betul.
Gobind: Setuju Encik Azli tidak tahu sebenarnya siapa yang menerima wang-wang tersebut.
Azli: Ya.

The hearing before judge Azura Alwi continues next month.

For a record, Zarul Ahmad is the key witness in Guan Eng corruption trial involved the undersea tunnel project tunnel.

Ibrahim Sahari, 58, who is the former Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC) director, said that Zarul Ahmad had confessed to him about giving bribes to Lim Guan Eng, the court heard on Tuesday (June 28).

Zarul Ahmad had told him about it after he was freed from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s detention in January 2018.

However, Zarul Ahmad did not tell about the amount and how the bribes were given to Lim Guan Eng, Ibrahim Sahari said when reading out his witness statement in court yesterday.

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