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    Aset Kayamas paid RM200,000 earnest money to KL mayor, court told

    (Updated )

    The Kuala Lumpur High Court was told today that Aset Kayamas Sdn Bhd paid RM200,000 to the Kuala Lumpur Mayor as an agreement to accept the offer for sale of two plots of Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) land in Bandar Tun Razak.

    DBKL Corporate Planning Department principal assistant director Razailia Khalid, 43, said Aset Kayamas had made the payment through a bank draft with the number 004094 from Hong Leong Islamic Bank dated June 5, 2015.

    "I refer to a letter from DBKL Economic Planning and Coordination Department (JPEPP) to DBKL Finance Department entitled ‘The sale of immovable property owned by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur on lots 53427 and 53653 to Aset Kayamas on June 5, 2015.

    "This document is a letter from the JPEPP to the DBKL Finance Department regarding the payment of earnest money by the company as a declaration of acceptance of the offer for sale of the plots," she said. 

    She said this when reading out her witness statement on the sixth day of the corruption trial of former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

    The 15th prosecution witness, who was responsible for managing the land sale application, said the letter was an instruction to the Finance Department to issue the original payment receipt to JPEPP to be handed over to Aset Kayamas.

    "I confirm that I signed this letter on behalf of the director of the Privatisation Division of JPEPP," she said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Rullizah Abdul Majid.

    Razailia also confirmed preparing a letter from JPEPP to Aset Kayamas dated Aug 18, 2015, requesting for payment of 10 percent of the total land sale price, which was RM2,356,240.00.

    "I confirm that I prepared the letter to be signed by JPEPP director Ab Salim Mansor," she said.

    Tengku Adnan was charged in his capacity as a public servant and Federal Territories Minister, to have accepted RM2 million from businessman Chai Kin Kong via a Hong Leong Islamic Bank cheque belonging to Aset Kayamas which was deposited into the CIMB Bank account of Tadmansori Holdings, in which he had an interest, when it was known that Aset Kayamas had connection with his official duties.

    The offence was allegedly committed at CIMB Bank in Pusat Bandar Damansara in Kuala Lumpur on June 14, 2016.

    The charge was framed under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term of up to two years or fine or both, on conviction.

    The hearing before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues on Tuesday.

    - Bernama

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