Judge issues gag order for Syed Saddiq trial participants

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,Former Bersatu youth wing chairman Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is charged with criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds and money laundering in connection with Armada funds. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 4, 2022.

The judge in the trial of Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today told the parties in the case not to talk about the proceedings outside the court.

Azhar Abdul Hamid is presiding over the trial of Syed Saddiq, who is charged with criminal breach of trust (CBT), misappropriation of funds and money laundering.

Azhar issued the reminder after deputy public prosecutor Datuk Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told the court that a police report had been lodged against one of Syed Saddiq’s lawyers, Lim Wei Jit, for making comments about the trial in a press conference on June 21.

“I think this has happened in other courts before and now in my court. I hereby remind everyone… let the evidence speak for itself,” the judge said.

Another lawyer on the defence team, Haijan Omar apologised and assured the court that such incidents would not recur.

Syed Saddiq, 29, is charged with abetting Rafiq Hakim Razali, Armada’s assistant treasurer at the time, with CBT of RM1 million in funds belonging to the Bersatu youth wing when he was the chairman.

He is alleged to have committed the offence at CIMB Bank Bhd, Menara CIMB KL Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, here on March 6, 2020,

He is also charged with misusing RM120,000 in the Maybank Islamic Bhd account belonging to Armada Bumi Bersatu Enterprise.

He also faces two counts of engaging in money laundering  involving RM50,000.

The trial continues. – Bernama, July 4, 2022.