Friday, March 10, 2017

Charges against Dr Vida dropped

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IPOH: The charges against cosmetics millionaire Datuk Seri Dr Hasmiza Othman – popularly known as Dr Vida – for failing to pay Goods and Services Tax were withdrawn after she settled the full sum, down to the last “10 sen” owed.
After all of her charges were withdrawn yesterday, she said she felt relieved that she did not need to come back to court again.
“Lots of accusations have been hurled against me but I’m free now and I can go overseas.
“This is a test and I am sure I will become stronger after this,” she told reporters outside the court.
The Sessions Court allowed the Customs deputy public prosecutor (DPP) to withdraw all the charges against Hasmiza for failing to pay Good and Services Tax (GST).
The decision was made after she paid the sum owed to the Customs departments worth RM4.2mil yesterday.
Customs deputy public prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran and Farah Ezlin Yusop Khan prosecuted, while Hasmiza was represented by counsel Syed Ahmad Syed Abas.
“The full payment for the sum sought – RM4,246,029.10 has been paid by my client,” Syed Ahmad said.
“The cheque was issued to the department and we want the DPP to withdraw all the charges against her,” he said at the Sessions Court.
DPP Raja Rozela then confirmed that the amount had been paid to the Customs Department.
Sessions Court judge Murtazadi Amran granted the request and also returned her passport and bail money.
Judge Murtazadi also asked if the Customs gave any discount to her, to which her counsel replied, “We paid the whole amount, including the 10 sen”.
On Oct 13, she faced 32 charges of failing to pay and submit the GST statements from April 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016 and claimed trial to all the charges.
However, on Dec 15 last year, she was fined RM80,000 after she changed her plea and pleaded guilty to 16 charges of failing to submit GST statements totalling RM4.2mil.

She maintained her innocence over her failure to pay GST.

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