KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was met with mixed emotions today as he left the courtroom after a significant development in his legal saga. He expressed gratitude for one less trial to face but also frustration over receiving a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) on all 47 charges related to the alleged misappropriation of RM31 million from his charitable foundation, Yayasan Akalbudi.
Zahid’s demeanor remained inscrutable as he addressed the media, maintaining a calm and composed facade despite the weight of the situation. He acknowledged his family’s relief, extending his gratitude to Allah for the court’s decision to discontinue the 47 charges against him. However, he underscored that this ruling was a discharge and not an outright acquittal.
In his statement, Zahid expressed his appreciation for the support he has received and emphasized that his legal battle would persist. This determination was echoed by his lead counsel, Datuk Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, who stood by his side.
Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, in his remarks, opened with “Alhamdulillah” (Praise be to Allah) and confirmed that an appeal would be filed at the Court of Appeal against today’s decision. Zahid’s legal team is resolute in seeking a full acquittal on all 47 charges, marking the next chapter in this high-profile case.
This development highlights the ongoing legal challenges faced by Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi, indicating that the legal process is far from concluded, and further proceedings are anticipated in the near future.