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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ex-Sabah Water director, wife expected to file appeal against RM12mil bail on Jan 20

KOTA KINABALU - The lawyer for former Sabah Water Department director Ag Mohd Tahir Ag Mohd Talib and his wife, Fauziah Piut is expected to file an appeal against their RM12mil bail on Jan 20. 

It is learnt that their lawyer will file the appeal at the Kota Kinabalu High Court together with a certificate of urgency. 

Ag Tahir, who was slapped with 12 anti-money laundering charges, and Fauziah, who faced 19 similar charges failed to raise the bail amount as all their assets and bank accounts had been frozen by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

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

He also faces another charge of being directly involved in handing over RM14,000 to one 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 faces 19 charges for being in possession of more than RM2.2mil in 18 bank accounts.

She is also accused of using proceeds from illegal activities to own 93 branded handbags.

Also charged with them is former department deputy director Lim Lam Beng, 64, who faces four anti-money laundering charges involving properties and cash totalling RM2.3mil.

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

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