Couple jailed 15 years in RM1.5mil CBT case

Convicted: Johari and Aishah being escorted by police personnel from the courtroom in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: A former bank officer and her lawyer husband have been jailed a total of 15 years each by the Sessions Court here for committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) and money laundering involving more than RM1.5mil.

Aishah Mohamed Rose, 51, was found guilty of misappropriating RM1,578,191 belonging to Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd at its Universiti Sains Malaysia branch in Gelugor between Feb 23 and Dec 7, 2009.

Her husband Johari Ahmad, 54, was convicted of abetting her.

The couple were also found guilty of engaging in money laundering activities involving RM183,702.63 at the bank on Dec 9, 2009.

In her ruling, Judge Sitarun Nisa Abdul Aziz said both the accused had failed to raise reasonable doubt in their defence.

The punishment for CBT under Section 409 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of between two and 20 years, whipping and a possible fine upon conviction while abetment under Section 109 carries the same punishment as the principal offence.

The other offence under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 carries a maximum fine of RM5mil or maximum jail sentence of five years, or both, upon conviction.

Sitarun Nisa sentenced the couple to 10 years jail each for committing CBT and another five years’ jail each for money laundering.

She ordered the jail terms to be served concurrently from yesterday.

Counsel Md Yusuf Md Idris, who represented the couple, asked for a stay of execution pending an appeal to the High Court.

The court allowed the stay on the jail sentence with an increased bail of RM150,000 each with one surety.The couple posted bail.

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