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New trial dates for high-profile graft case

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Aug 2017

KOTA KINABALU: The Sessions Court has set 17 days in February and March next year to hear a graft and money laundering case involving a former Sabah Water Depart­ment (SWD) director and two others, as well as millions of ringgit.

Special Court for Corruption judge Abu Bakar Manat fixed Feb 5 to 9, Feb 20 to 23, March 5 to 8 and March 19 to 22, after initial trial dates set for July could not be met for several reasons.

He warned that the court would not entertain any request for a postponement after this, “unless it involves a near death situation”, adding that ample time has been given for all the problems to be resolved.

The three accused are SWD director Awang Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, 54, his wife Fauziah Piut, 51, and retired SWD deputy director Lim Lam Beng, 62, who was an engineering advisor to the State Finance Ministry at the time of his arrest.

Mohd Tahir is charged with 12 counts of money laundering under Section 4(1)(a) and Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Fauziah and Lim are facing 19 counts of money laundering amounting to RM2.2mil and four separate counts totalling RM2.38mil.

They were charged on Dec 30 last year following a massive investigation that uncovered more than RM45mil in cash, found in the home of one of the accused.

Abu Bakar set case management for Nov 9.

The judge set the new trial dates after Mohd Tahir’s counsel told the court he needed time to organise bank transaction records and financial reports while Lim said he has yet to appoint a lead counsel.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman tendered a list of 215 witnesses who will be called during the trial.