JOHOR BARU: Two Datuks were among three people charged with 27 counts of document forgery.
All three claimed trial to the charges when they were produced at the Magistrate’s Court here.
Johor Police Volunteer Reserve commandant Datuk Lee Ban Heng and chairman of a chamber of commerce Datuk Chong Chee Heng were accused of forging dozens of private caveat retraction documents.
Also in the dock was lawyer Danny Loo Kheng Soon, who was charged with conspiring with them.
The offences were allegedly committed in September 2015 at the Dato Mohamad Salleh Perang building in Kota Iskandar.
All three accused were said to have forged retraction letters of private caveats on 27 lots of land, located in Plentong.
Lee and Chong were charged under Section 468 of the Penal Code for forgery while Loo was charged under Section 109 of the same Act for abetment.
They pleaded not guilty before magistrate Rashidah Baharom.
Deputy public prosecutor M. Pusppa offered a bail of RM80,000 for each offence due to the severity of the case.
Defence lawyer Omar Kutty Abdul Aziz argued that his clients had yet to be convicted and that they had given their full cooperation throughout the investigation.
Rashidah set bail at RM38,000 with two sureties for each accused and fixed June 17 for mention and submission of documents.
The three accused were also required to hand over their passports and to report to the nearest police station once a month.
At press time, Lee and Chong had posted bail while Loo had yet to fulfil the requirement as his passport was in Penang.