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Ex-director, wife change lawyers
Published on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Water Department's former Director Awang Mohd Tahir Awang Mohd Talib and his wife Fauziah Piut, who were charged with a total of 23 counts of money-laundering are now represented by Marcel Jude together with counsel Nurul Rafeeqa Afdul Mutolip told Special Corruption Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat during mention of the case on Tuesday that they have been appointed as the new legal defence team by Ag Mohd Tahir and Fauziah.

Marcel said they filed a notice of change of solicitors earlier on Monday.

MACC Deputy Public Prosecutor Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman applied for the trial date to be maintained as scheduled.

Abu Bakar officially discharged PJ Perira, Hairul V Othman and Ariel Dasan as counsels for the two accused.

He also released Ag Mohd Tahir and Fauziah on an extended bail and maintained the trial date from Feb 21-23 this year.

On Dec 29, 2016 Ag Mohd Tahir, 54, and Fauziah, 51, pleaded not guilty to all charges against them under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act (Amla) 2001.

The charges provide for a fine of up to RM5 million, or a jail term of up to 15 years, or both, on conviction.

Ag Mohd Tahir faces 12 charges of having cash and savings amounting to RM56.9 million as well as luxury vehicles and branded watches.

He allegedly committed the offences at different places at the department director's office in Wisma Muis, Townhouse Graceville in Sembulan, OCBC Bank in Jalan Pantai, OUB Bank Bhd in Jalan Gaya, Taman Kingfisher Sulaman and Puncak Luyang Condominium in Jalan Kolam, Luyang on Oct 4, 2016.

Ag Mohd Tahir was also jointly charged with Fauziah with two counts of having 575 various types of jewellery and 346 items including designer handbags, key chains and branded wristwatches. The offences allegedly took place at the Townhouse Graceville in Sembulan on Oct 4 this year.

Fauziah, meanwhile, faces 19 counts of having cash and savings amounting to RM2.2 million in various banks and branded handbags, jewellery and other items.

All the charges against them stated that the cash, savings, luxury vehicles, branded watches, designer handbags, jewellery and other items were proceeds from unlawful activities. – Jo Ann Mool

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