Monday, October 11, 2010

Omar is free of charges

After six years, the former Yang Berhormat is free... reason quoted " the public prosecutor failed to establish the case". It is interesting to note  that the deputy public prosecutor changed seven times.

The report in the star is posted below..

Published: Friday September 3, 2010 MYT 4:29:00 PM

Ex-assemblyman freed of graft charges

RAUB: Former Pahang state executive councillor was acquitted and discharged by the Sessions Court here Friday of corruption charges after a six-year trial.
Judge Zainal Abidin Kamarudin made the decision at the end of the prosecution's case after he was satisfied that the public prosecutor had failed to establish a prima facie case against Datuk Omar Othman, 60.
Omar, who was former state public utilities, transport and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman and former Jelai assemblyman, and his wife, Datuk Mimi Asmara Abdul Malek cried after the verdict was announced.
He was charged with corruption on Aug 12, 2004 for recommending two village road projects worth RM120,000 to a company he had an interest in.
He allegedly used his position as a state executive councillor and member of the Kuala Lipis special projects committee to approve the projects at the Lipis District Office between Oct 1 and 13, 2001.
The trial took six years involving nine prosecution witnesses while the deputy public prosecutor changed seven times.
He was represented by lawyer Jagjit Singh while deputy public prosecutors, Zulqarnain Hassan and Kamaruddin Mohd Daud from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecuted.
Speaking to reporters, Omar said he was vindicated and thanked his wife, who was always by his side, family members and friends for the support. - Bernama

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