Sabah water graft trial begins on July 4

 |Feb 28, 2017
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Sabah Water Department (JAS) corruption trial will go on after case management on May 4, and some 200 witnesses are expected to be called in.

Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat fixed the trial dates on July 4-7, July 25-28, Aug 8-11 and Aug 22-25, this year.

Abu Bakar also directed that the list of witnesses and documentary evidence to be produced to the court before the trial begins.

Former JAS director Mohd Tahir Awang Talib, 54, his wife Fauziah Piut, 51, and former deputy director Lim Lam Beng, 64, have been accused of being involved in the Sabah water corruption scandal amounting to RM61.4 million in cash and assets.

Mohd Tahir faces 12 charges of corruption over a sum totalling RM56.9 million while Fauziah faces 19 charges involving cash and assets totalling RM2.2 million.

Lim faces four charges of money laundering involving property and cash totalling RM2.3 million.

Mohd Tahir and Fauziah were allowed RM10 million and RM2 million bail, respectively, while Lim was allowed a RM1 million bail.

However, Mohd Tahir and Fauziah later had their bail amounts reduced by half after an appeal.

Only Lim and Fauziah posted bail.

They are being charged under Sections 4(1)(a) and (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

The corruption case came to light after series of raids were conducted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on Oct 4, 2016.

Murali is a contributor to MO. He advocates the principle of practising human rights with responsibility.