Former office-bearers claim trial in CBT case

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Oct 2019

KUCHING: Three former office-bearers of Koperasi Automobil Kuching Sarawak Bhd (Kokas) pleaded not guilty in two Sessions Courts here to six charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM3.4mil in federal funds.

Former Kokas director Mohammad Ariffin Han, 47, secretary Mohammad Ali Han @ Dalahan, 54, and treasurer Nur Najiha Abdullah, 39, claimed trial after they were charged with misusing funds meant for the automotive workshop modernisation (Atom) and retail shop transformation (Tukar) programmes between August 2012 and May 2017.Ali is accused of six counts of

CBT involving various sums from RM13,800 to RM1,659,024.77.

The offences were allegedly committed at Public Bank in Stutong here.

Ali was charged together with Nur Najiha on two counts and with Ariffin on another count.

All three were also charged together with two other counts.

All the charges were framed under Section 409 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of two to 20 years, whipping and a possible fine upon conviction.

Judge Maritin Pagan, who heard three of the charges yesterday, allowed bail of RM20,000 in two local sureties each.

In the other court, judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad, who also heard three charges, allowed bail of RM30,000 in two sureties each.

She also ordered Ariffin and Ali to surrender their passports.

However, Nur Najiha was allowed to keep her passport as she was a government servant and not considered a flight risk.

Pre-trial case management was fixed for Nov 1.

DPP Danial Ilham Kamaruddin prosecuted while the three accused were represented by Osman Ibrahim, Fadzillah Osman and Daren Ling.

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