Sabah Watergate couple yet to appeal bail

Jan 4, 2017

Sabah Water Graft Scandal

The former state Water Department director Ag Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib and his wife Fauziah Piut implicated in the Sabah Watergate scandal still remain behind bars as the appeal against their RM12mil bail is in limbo.

Their lawyer PJ Pareira said there have been no instructions from the couple or their family on the appeal, The Star online reported.

“I have met my clients and am awaiting instructions,” he said yesterday.

Last week, Pareira was quoted as saying that he planned to file an appeal at the Kota Kinabalu High Court on Jan 3 against the RM10mil bail imposed on Ag Mohd Tahir and the RM2mil bail on his wife.

Pareira had said that Ag Mohd Tahir and Fauziah had no means to raise the bail imposed by the Sessions Court after they were slapped with 31 anti-money laundering charges on Dec 29.

Ag Mohd Tahir faced eight charges of being in possession of RM56.9mil in cash and in four bank accounts, two charges of owning six luxury vehicles and a charge of owning 86 types of branded watches.

He also faced another charge of being directly involved in handing over RM14,000 to an individual, Cristine Fiona M Ponsoi.

The charges were framed under Section 4(1) (b) and Section 4(1) (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA).

Fauziah faced 19 charges for having more than RM2.2mil in 18 bank accounts. She was also accused of using proceeds from illegal activities to own 93 branded handbags.

Also charged in the Special Corruption Court was former department deputy director Lim Lam Beng, 64, the suspended state Finance Ministry adviser who faced four anti-money laundering charges involving property and cash totalling RM2.3mil.

All three claimed trial to the charges after being produced before Sessions Court judge Ummu Kalthom Abdul Samad.

Ummu Kalthom had allowed Ag Mohd Tahir to be released on a RM10mil bail while the bail for Fauziah was set at RM2mil. Lim managed to post his RM1mil bail.