Trio claims trial in RM2.5m cheating case
KUCHING: Two men and a woman, who claimed trial to three counts of cheating involving a total of RM2.5 million, were yesterday released on cash bail of RM20,000 each by the Sessions Court here.
Sessions Court judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad ordered Mohammad Kasim, 48, Taha Kasim, 41, and Ezanoni Hadjeli, 32, all from Sumber Alam Sanctuary in Petra Jaya, to be released on bail pending further mention of the case on 17 October.
The court also set 9 December, 2013 and from 20 to 24 January, 2014 for the trial.
Earlier, DPP Samira Khalili urged the court to release the trio on bail of RM50,000 for each charge as the case involved a large sum of money, but her application was objected by defence counsel Ratanah Devi Yusof Perumal who asked for a lighter bail of RM5,000 each as the three accused had been very cooperative during the investigation, and moreover, their properties had been seized by the authorities.
The defence counsel also said they were unlikely to abscond as their passports had been impounded by the High Court in connection with a similar case in Peninsular Malaysia.
For the first charge, the three accused were alleged to have a common intention to cheat one Ting Jack Hing of Sunrise Topteam Sdn Bhd to deliver a cheque for RM1 million to ENR Solid Corporation Sdn Bhd.