Published on: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Kota Kinabalu: Former Umno Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman, who on Monday pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to cheating a bank 13 years ago, was charged in the Magistrate's Court again Tuesday with making a false statement in a statutory declaration 14 years ago.
Suhaili, 48, is accused of committing the offence before Justice of Peace (JP) Haji Mohd Naser Mohd Noor at the JP's office here on Aug. 3, 1995, for the purpose of registering Saraequity Sdn Bhd.
The ex-MP allegedly made the false statement in a Statutory Declaration under the name of Ahmad Suhaili Abd Rahman with Identity Card No: H0552181, which he knew to be false, touching a material point for which the declaration was made for registering the said company.
The offence under Section 199 of the Penal Code is punishable under Section 193 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to three years and liable to a fine on conviction.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's Deputy Public Prosecutor Kevin Morais who conducted the prosecution together with DPP Joyce Blasius, applied for the case to be transferred to the Sessions Court and to be heard jointly before the same judge who heard Suhaili's cheating case on Monday.
Counsel Rakhbir Singh informed the court that the defence supported the application for transfer on the basis that the documents used in both cases were virtually identical.
Magistrate Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim allowed the prosecution's application to transfer the case to the Sessions Court.
Hafizah, however, said that it was a matter for the Sessions Court to decide on whether the case would be heard before the same judge.
No bail was given.
On Monday, Suhaili, pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Caroline Bee Manajil to cheating a bank by using someone else's identity to act as a guarantor for a RM160,000 housing loan 13 years ago.
Majanil released Suhaili on RM20,000 bail with RM3,000 deposited in one surety pending trial fixed from Feb 8 to 12, next year.
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