KOTA KINABALU: Some 200 witnesses are expected to be called during the Sabah Water Department corruption trial that has been fixed for four weeks in July and August.
Former department director Ag Mohd Tahir Ag Talib, 54, his wife Fauziah Piut, 51, and former deputy director Lim Lam Beng, 64, will go on trial after their case management on May 4.
Sessions Court judge Abu Bakar Manat fixed the dates after taking into account the time for the prosecution and defence to go through the documents and evidence.
The three are accused of being involved in the nation’s biggest corruption case so far involving cash and assets totalling RM61.4mil.
Abu Bakar set July 4-7, July 25-28, Aug 8-11 and Aug 22-25 for trial.
He also directed that the list of witnesses and documentary evidence be produced before the trial begins.
Ag Mohd Tahir faces 12 charges of corruption over a sum totalling RM56.9mil while Fauziah faces 19 charges involving cash and assets totalling RM2.2mil.
Lim faces four charges of money laundering involving property and cash totalling RM2.3mil.
Ag Mohd Tahir and Fauziah were allowed RM10mil and RM2mil bail, respectively, the highest amount on record, while Lim was allowed a RM1mil bail.
However, Ag Mohd Tahir and Fauziah later had their bail amounts reduced by half.
Only Ag Mohd Tahir could not post bail.
The charges are framed under Sections 4(1)(a) and (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.