Re­mand of 4 ex­tended in Sabah graft case

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM

KOTA KINABALU: The mag­is­trate’s court here yes­ter­day ex­tended the re­mand or­der on four sus­pects, in­clud­ing two top Sabah Wa­ter Depart­ment of­fi­cers, as the na­tion’s big­gest cor­rup­tion scan­dal con­tin­ues to un­ravel.

The re­mand or­der on the depart­ment’s di­rec­tor, Ag Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, was ex­tended for five days un­til Oct 15, while his deputy Teo Chee Kong, his brother and his ac­coun­tant were re­manded for seven more days un­til Oct 17.

A source at the Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) con­firmed that mag­is­trate Jes­sica Om­bou Kakayun granted the ex­ten­sion re­quest for the re­mand or­der which ended yes­ter­day.

The di­rec­tor and his deputy are al­leged to have taken kick­backs and been in­volved in money laun­der­ing from RM3.3 bil­lion worth of fed­eral projects which were dis­bursed to com­pa­nies un­der their sib­lings’ names.

MACC also re­ceived in­for­ma­tion of sev­eral bank ac­counts be­long­ing to the two sus­pects in three coun­tries and found that more than RM30 mil­lion had been trans­ferred to those ac­counts.

MACC had seized some RM53.7 mil­lion in cash from the houses and of­fices of the depart­ment di­rec­tor who was ar­rested along with his deputy.

On Mon­day, a fur­ther 127 land grants were seized from the of­fi­cials’ homes which were es­ti­mated to be val­ued around RM30 mil­lion.

The 127 land grants were among the items seized to­gether with an ar­ray of gold, pre­cious stone jewellery and lux­ury watches be­lieved to have been bought with their ill-got­ten gains.

Mean­while, MACC deputy com­mis­sioner (op­er­a­tions) Datuk Azam Baki said yes­ter­day that while ques­tion­ing more wit­nesses on the scan­dal, some RM1 mil­lion was sur­ren­dered to the com­mis­sion, Ber­nama re­ports.

“While giv­ing their tes­ti­mony, three wit­nesses came for­ward to vol­un­tar­ily re­turn money that they had re­ceived,” he said in a state­ment.

Ag Mohd Tahir be­ing led away af­ter court pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day.

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