By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – Awang Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib and his wife Fauziah Piut will spend some days at the Kepayan State prison as they are unable to raise total bail of RM12 million imposed upon them by Judge Ummu Khaltom Abdul Samad Thursday.
Legal sources said they were stunned by the amount of bail – RM10 million for Ag Tahir,54, and RM2 million for Fauziah, 52, – and found it rather excessive, and very unlikely for the couple to raise the amount to be released anytime today.
“Their assets and whatever bank accounts they have are all blocked so they will have to find outside sources to help raise the funds,” the sources told BorneoToday, adding he had heard that some quarters were trying to source the money from various sources.
A third suspect, Lim Lam Beng, 62, who was charged in the the Sessions Court Thursday morning, for alleged money laundering together with the couple, paid bail via a bank draft and was released.
A bail of RM1 million was fixed for the former deputy director of the Sabah Water Department who was engaged as an adviser to the Sabah Ministry of Finance at the time of his arrest.
Judge Ummu set the bail for the three of them with two local sureties and ordered the accused to surrender their travel documents.
Ag Mohd Tahir is the former Sabah Water Department director. He was suspended from his post while under MACC remand.
All charges are to be jointly tried and the court has fixed Feb 28, 2017 for case management.
She set Feb 28 for case management.
Earlier, the trio were charged under Section 4 (1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 for abetting the commission of money-laundering.
Counsel for Ag Mohd Tahir and wife, JP Pereira was not present in court. He was represented by Hairul Vaiyron and Ariel C Dasan.
The prosecution was led by deputy public prosecutor Husmarudin Husin and Farez Rahman.