Dozens of Graft Charges Against Malaysian Deputy Premier Are Dismissed Deep Into His Trial
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) A Malaysian court on Monday dismissed 47 corruption charges against Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at an advanced stage of his trial.
Zahid told a news conference afterward that the High Court discharged him but refused to grant him a full acquittal, which means he can still be recharged. But he said he was grateful that the political-motivated accusations against me have ended.
Zahid heads the United Malays National Organization, and his support has been pivotal in helping Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim form a unity government. Zahids dismissal could further hurt the anti-corruption stance of Anwars government. Opposition leaders have alleged Zahid had supported Anwar so the charges against him could be dropped.