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Trial of former Water Dept director and 3 others rescheduled to May
Published on: Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The trial of Sabah Water Department's former Director Awang Mohd Tahir Awang Mohd Talib, his wife Fauziah Piut, former deputy director of the department Lim Lam Beng and Sabah Water Department deputy director Teo Chee Kong, who were charged with money laundering had been rescheduled to May 7-11.Counsel Marcel Jude representing Ag Mohd Tahir and his wife, confirmed to the media that hearing has been rescheduled.

They were notified about the changes last week. Ag Mohd Tahir, Fauziah, Lim and Teo were supposed to stand trial on April 2-3.

On Dec 29, 2016, Ag Mohd Tahir, 54, his wife Fauziah, 51, and Lim, 62, were charged with 37 counts of money-laundering involving RM61.5 million and claimed trial to the charges.

Ag Mohd Tahir faces 12 charges of having cash and savings amounting to RM56.9 million as well as luxury vehicles and branded watches.

He allegedly committed the offences at different places at the department director's office in Wisma Muis, Townhouse Graceville in Sembulan, OCBC Bank in Jalan Pantai, OUB Bank Bhd in Jalan Gaya, Taman Kingfisher Sulaman and Puncak Luyang Condominium in Jalan Kolam, Luyang on Oct 4, 2016.

Ag Mohd Tahir was also jointly charged with Fauziah with two counts of having 575 various types of jewellery and 346 items including designer handbags, keychains and branded wristwatches.

The offences allegedly took place at the Townhouse Graceville in Sembulan on Oct 4 this year.

Fauziah, meanwhile, faces 19 counts of having cash and savings amounting to RM2.2 million in various banks and branded handbags, jewellery and other items.

All the charges against them stated that the cash, savings, luxury vehicles, branded watches, designer handbags, jewellery and other items were proceeds from unlawful activities.

Meanwhile, Lim was charged with four counts of possessing cash amounting to RM2.38 million and a Toyota Land Cruiser at a house in Jalan Penempatan, here, between Oct 13 and Nov 8, 2016.

They were charged under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (Amla) 2001 which provides for a fine of up to RM5 million, or a jail term of up to 15 years, or both, on conviction.

Teo, 52, had on Dec 13, 2017 pleaded not guilty to all the charges in which 78 charges stated that Teo allegedly have 70 land titles from illegal activities through 78 transactions valued at RM12,705,203.70 after transfer of ownership.

He allegedly committed the offence between Oct 21, 2005 and Aug 19, 2014 at separate locations in Land Office in Beaufort, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Sipitang, Papar and Land and Survey Department here.

The charges under Section 4(1)(a) of the Amla 2001 provides for a fine of up to RM5 million or a jail term of up to 5 years or both, on conviction.

The remaining 68 charges against Teo stated that he allegedly committed six offences of having cash totalling RM7,930,810.48 (RM5,952,050 in Ringgit Malaysia and RM1,978,760.48 in estimated foreign currencies) from illegal activities and 62 offences of having money in a bank account totalling RM12,287,240.07 from illegal activities in eight financial institutions here and in Kuala Lumpur.

The offence allegedly took place between Oct 4, 2016 and Dec 30, 2016.

Each charge framed under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 carries a jail term of up to 15 years and liability of a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of an unlawful activity or instrumentalities of an offence at the time the offence was committed or five million ringgit, whichever is higher, on conviction. - Jo Ann Mool


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