Court sets February to hear CBT case involving SLDB ex-GM

George on arrival at the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court on Tuesday where he pleaded not guilty to a charge of cheating.
George on arrival at the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court in September this year, where he first pleaded not guilty to a charge of cheating.

KOTA KINABALU – The Sessions Court in Kota Kinabalu Thursday set six days in February next year to hear the criminal breach of trust (CBT) case involving a former general manager of Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB) and an oil palm plantation company owner.

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Judge Abu Bakar Manat fixed Feb 1-3 and 14-16 for the hearing when the case came up for mention today (Thursday).

Former SLDB general manager George @ Juaari Majid was alleged to have made payments, totalling RM8,999,999.30 in four transactions, to oil palm plantation company owner How Kim San, 55, in compensation for the acquisition of 165.921 hectare farming land in Kampung Babason, Sook, Keningau.

He carried out the transaction despite knowing that the land belonged to the state government.

The CBT charge under Section 409 of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and fine, upon conviction.

How was charged with abetting George in committing the offence by accepting the payments.

They were charged with committing the offence at Wisma Sabah Land Development Board between March 22 and Aug 14, 2013.

How faces a term of imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine under Section 109 of the Penal Code, if convicted