Crime & Courts

Court releases Wan Saiful's passport, allowed to attend official trip in Japan

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here today allowed Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan's passport to be returned temporarily to allow him to attend an official parliamentary trip to Japan.

Judge Rozina Ayob allowed the former Bersatu information chief's document to be returned to him from Sept 23 to Oct 2 to allow him to participate in the trip.

Earlier, Wan Saiful's counsel Amer Hamzah Arshad told the court that the parliamentary secretary's office would discuss the itinerary for the trip on Sept 14.

Meanwhile, Deputy Public Prosecutor Maziah Mohaide said the prosecution has no objections to the application.

Wan Saiful, 47, is charged with soliciting a bribe from one Lian Tan Chuan as an inducement for him to help a company, Nepturis Sdn Bhd, secure the RM232 million-worth "Central Spine Road: Sertik to East Coast Expressway Interchange" project from the federal government.

Wan Saiful is charged with receiving RM6,962,694.54, which was transferred from a Maybank Islamic Bhd account owned by Nepturis Sdn Bhd into a CIMB Bank Bhd account held by his company, WSA Advisory Group Sdn Bhd, as a reward for helping the company obtain a letter of acceptance for the project.

He is alleged to have committed both offences at the Royal Lake Club, Taman Tasik Perdana here, in April last year and at CIMB Bank Bhd Bukit Tunku branch, Taman Tunku, Bukit Tunku here, between July 8 and Sept 30 last year.

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