KLANG: A businessman was charged in the Magistrate's Court here on Thursday (Aug 22) with stealing 1,451 packets of molasses tobacco of various flavours.
Datuk Seikh Fakira Seikh Ahmad, from Kampung Telok Gong, Port Klang is accused of committing the offence between 1am and 4am on May 27 this year.
He is said to have stolen the tobacco, valued at RM323,000, from a container belonging to Al Muhra Sdn Bhd parked behind a house in Kampung Telok Gong.
Seikh Fakira, 40, was charged under Section 379 of the Penal Code for the offence and faces a jail term of up to seven years, or a fine or both if found guilty.
He was arrested with six others, including two Customs Department officers for the alleged offence. The others are yet to be charged.
DPP Ermadieyani Ismadi asked Magistrate Roslizi Sulaiman to impose a bail of RM25,000, given the gravity of the crime the accused was charged with.
She also asked the court to order Seikh Fakira not to contact the other six people arrested together with him.
It is learnt that some of them may become the prosecution's witness.
However, Seikh Fakira's counsel Gerard Lazarus asked for bail to be set at RM3,000, saying that his client, from a prominent family in Klang, was not a flight risk.
"He belongs to a well-known family here and has two school-going children and a toddler aged three.
"He is also taking care of his father-in-law who is an acute diabetic and is on dialysis," said Lazarus.
Lazarus also pointed out to the court that his client did not have access to any of the ports in Klang.
Magistrate Roslizi set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and fixed Sept 25 for the case mention.
The accused is the younger brother of a prominent Klang-based politician who contested in the last general election.
The tobacco is believed to belong to a company owned by the wife of an important person in East Malaysia.