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Ku Nan Found Guilty Of Corruption & Sentenced To A Year's Jail With RM2 Million Fine

The conviction disqualifies him as Putrajaya MP and may put an end to his political career.

Cover image via Bernama/Free Malaysia Today

Former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, better known as Ku Nan, has been found guilty of corruption by receiving RM2 million from a businessman in 2016

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said the prosecution had proven its case beyond all reasonable doubt against the Putrajaya Member of Parliament (MP) of committing the offence under Section 165 of the Penal Code.

New Straits Times reported that Ku Nan, who just celebrated his 70th birthday and his son's wedding yesterday, listened intently as the judge read out the verdict this morning, 21 December.

He was represented by Datuk Tan Hock Chuan, while deputy public prosecutor Julia Ibrahim led the prosecution.

The graft case began when Tengku Adnan, in his capacity as a minister in 2016, received a RM2 million cheque for himself from director of Aset Kayamas, Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong

The cheque was deposited into a bank account belonging to Tadmansori Holdings, a company owned by Tengku Adnan's family.

In his defence, Tengku Adnan told the High Court that the money was a political donation for by-elections held in Selangor and Perak that year. The court, however, was not convinced.

The former UMNO secretary-general has been sentenced to a year's jail and fined RM2 million, possibly marking an end to his political career

The Putrajaya MP could be disqualified from his current position should he fail to file an appeal 14 days from today, or should the Court of Appeals not hear his appeal.

According to Free Malaysia Today, article 48 (1)(e) of the Federal Constitution states that an elected representative is disqualified if he or she is sentenced to a jail term of more than one year, or fined more than RM2,000, and does not receive a pardon.

On Sunday, MP Tengku Adnan's son held a drive-thru wedding in front of the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya:

Ku Nan had infamously called the RM2 million he received as "pocket money" during trial of the graft case in March:

He is one of several politicians, who are in the Perikatan Nasional government, undergoing corruption trials: