KOTA KINABALU: A local man pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court today for seven charges of misappropriating company’s money up to RM2 million for his own use.
The accused, Ezwan Shah Jaafar, 36, was charged with taking money using cheques received by GIATMARA for Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan intended for vehicles purchase between 28 September 2012 to 18 November 2013.
He allegedly paid a cash deposit of RM263,671.16 for the vehicles that should have been fully paid, and used the remainder for his personal benefit.
He was charged under Section 403 of the Penal Code where he can be jailed between six months to five years, caning, and a fine, upon conviction.
The prosecutor, Awang Shamsul Baharam Bongsu from Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has allowed for Ezwan to be bailed with RM20,000 by one bailor.
The defendant’s lawyer, Edward Paul, applied for the bail to be reduced under the consideration that the accused cooperated during investigation.
Judge Datuk Ishak Bakri then granted RM10,000 bail with a local surety for all charges, and set 19 January next year mention of case. -SayangSabah