KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah Water Department director Ag Mohd Tahir Ag Mohd Talib, who is facing more than a dozen corruption charges, has been released on a RM2mil bail after the High Court here allowed him to settle a portion of it in land title deeds.
Justice Nurchaya Arshad gave the variation order after allowing an application filed by Ag Mohd Tahir’s lawyer Amli Nohin.
Nurchaya noted that the court had already allowed bail and there was nothing in the law that specified that the bail payment should only be made in cash.
Amli filed the papers at the High Court here seeking to vary the bail, with RM500,000 in cash to be deposited and the balance of RM1.5mil in the form of title deeds of a piece of land worth more than RM2mil.
Ag Mohd Tahir left the Kota Kinabalu court complex at about 5.50pm after the bail was posted.
Ag Mohd Tahir, 54, and his wife Fauziah Piut, 51, as well as former department deputy director Lim Lam Beng were slapped with 31 charges relating to the misappropriation of funds of more than RM60mil on Dec 29. The charges came under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities laws. All three pleaded not guilty.
The charges came in the wake of the MACC’s seizures of some RM114mil in cash and properties, the biggest so far in the country.
On Jan 20, High Court Justice Ravinthran Paramaguru reduced the original RM10mil bail for Ag Mohd Talib to RM5mil of which RM2mil was to be deposited.
He also reduced Fauziah’s bail to RM1mil and she posted bail on Feb 28 while Ag Mohd Tahir remained behind bars.
Lim posted bail soon after being charged in December.
The court fixed July 4 till Aug 25 for the trial.