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NFCorp chief claims trial to four charges

March 12, 2012
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NFCorp chief claims trial to four charges

KUALA LUMPUR: National Feedlot Corporation executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail claimed trial at the Sessions court here Monday to two counts of criminal breach of trust and two counts of violating the Companies Act, totalling more than RM49mil.

The proceeding began at 2.27pm and Mohamad Salleh, who was accompanied by his wife, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, appeared calm when the charges were read to him.

The court was packed to the brim with many having to stand. There was a lot of nervous energy in the air as everyone including members of the media, court staffs and the public, waited in anticipation for the charges to be read.

Mohamad Salleh was charged with dishonestly misusing funds amounting to RM9,758,140mil through four cheques to partly finace the purchase of two units of One Menerung Condominium in Block B here by the National Meat and Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd which is owned by Mohamad Salleh and one of his sons.

According to the charge, he committed the offence in his capacity as an NFC company director entrusted with control over its assets at the CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here.

He was charged under Section 409 of the Penal Code which is punishable with imprisonment up to 20 years and with whipping and shall be liable to a fine on conviction.

Mohamad Salleh was also accused under Section 132(2)(a) of the Companies Act 1965 (Act 165) for committing the said offence without approval from NFC’s annual general meeting to gain profit directly.

Both offences were said to have been committed at the CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd in Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail here at between Dec 1 and 4, 2009.

Additionally he was accused of misappropriating NFC’s fund by transferring RM40mil through a cheque into the National Meat and Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd’s account at CIMB Islamic Bank, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here from May 6 to Nov 16, 2009.

Deputy public prosecutors Dzulkifli Ahmad, Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud and Azimul Azami prosecuted while the defence was led by Badrul Munir Bukhari.

Earlier, Dzulkifli applied under Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Code for a joint trial.

Sessions judge S.M. Komathy Suppiah allowed for the joint trial and ordered Mohamad Salleh to surrender his passport pending mention on April 13.

– THE STAR

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