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Former Labuan MP claims trial to cheating bank

KOTA KINABALU, 13 April 2009: Former Labuan MP Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to cheating a bank  by using someone else’s identity card to act as a guarantor for a RM160,000 loan.

Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman, who’s term as Labuan Corporation chairperson expired on 31 March, is charged with leading bank manager Ismail Jantan to believe that he was the holder of an identity card bearing number H0552181 in a housing loan application for RM110,000 and an overdraft of RM50,000 to purchase an apartment unit at Api-Api Centre here.

He allegedly committed the offence at the Malayan Banking Berhad Kota Kinabalu branch on 3 April 1996.

If convicted, he faces a jail term of one to 10 years with whipping and liability of a fine.

Judge Caroline Bee Majanil fixed 8-12 Feb next year for trial and allowed bail of RM20,000 with a deposit of RM3,000 by one surety.

Deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais told the court that the prosecution had 13 witnesses while defence counsel Rakbir Singh said the defence had four.    

Meanwhile, when met by reporters outside the courtroom, Suhaili, who was expected to have his term as Labuan Corporation chairperson extended this week, said he would leave the matter of his appointment to the Federal Territories minister. — Bernama


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