March 1 hearing on case transfer

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  • Wednesday, 18 Feb 2004


KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here will hear arguments on March 1 over a constitutional question of transferring the corruption case of former Sawit Kinabalu managing director Datuk Wasli Said from Sabah to the peninsula. 

The arguments relate to a reference sought by the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court as to whether it is a subordinate court to only the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak or the High Court of Malaya as well. 

Kota Kinabalu High Court Justice Datuk Ian Chin made the ruling yesterday after a 15-minute hearing in chambers with Wasli’s counsel Datuk Chau Chin Tang and Senior Federal Counsel Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah.  

On Monday, Sessions judge Datuk Nurchaya Arshad had said she would make the reference to the High Court on the matter. 

She said this in response to the Public Prosecutor’s bid to transfer the corruption trial of Wasli, the former Sabah Land Development Board general manager, to the High Court in Kuala Lumpur. 

Wasli, 56, had on Feb 12 pleaded not guilty to five charges involving RM1mil and 3.36 million company shares. 

Among others, he is accused of bribing Land and Co-operative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam with 3.36 million shares of Sapi Plantation Sdn Bhd between Nov 4, 1996 and Oct 25, 1997. 

Kasitah was the SLDB chairman at that time.  

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