Khir Toyo and Shamsuddin plead not guilty over mansion land deal

(The Star)  SHAH ALAM: Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has been charged with accepting two land lots for RM3.5mil when the said lots were bought by Ditamas Sdn Bhd director Shamsuddin Haryoni for RM6.5mil.

Dr Khir is alleged to have accepted the two lots from Shamsuddin in May 29, 2007. The lots were bought by Shamsuddin in 2004.

Shamsuddin is charged with abetting Dr Khir in the deal.

Dr Khir

Both pleaded not guilty before Sessions judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh.

According to the charge sheet, Dr Khir, 45, is alleged to have obtained for himself and his wife Datin Seri Zahrah Kechik the two plots of land and a house at No 8 & 10, Jalan Suasa 7/1 L, Shah Alam, from Ditamas through Ditamas director Shamsuddin at the price of RM3.5mil when in fact the lots were bought by Ditamas on Dec 23, 2004 at the price of RM6.5mil.

He is charged with committing the offence at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s official residence on May 29, 2007.

The charge under Section 165 of the Penal Code carries a two-year jail term, fine or both.

Dr Khir, who is Sungai Panjang assemblyman and Selangor opposition leader, arrived at the Sessions Court here at about 11.25am accompanied by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers.

Bail has been set at RM750,000 each. The prosecution has applied for the case to be transferred to the High Court.

An aerial view of the mansion which Khir Toyo built

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail commended the MACC for a thorough investigation into the case and the prosecution would be calling about 16 witnesses.

“The full force of law would be used to protect witnesses and ensure no interference in the case,” Gani told a press conference later.

Critics claimed that the mansion which was built on the land costs about RM24mil but Khir has maintained that it was worth RM3.5mil.