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Former Sabah state minister sentenced to six months’ jail

KOTA KINABALU, 2 Jan 2009: Former Sabah state minister Datuk Conrad Mojuntin was jailed for six months by the High Court here today for criminal intimidation.

He was jailed for criminally intimidating businessman Doughty Disimon, 30, outside SJD Cafe and Sports in Donggongon, Penampang, near here at about 3.30am on 23 Oct 2005.

However, Judicial Commissioner Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli allowed a stay of execution of the sentence pending appeal and fixed bail at RM5,000 with two sureties.

Abdul Rahman also fined Conrad, 60, and his nephew, David Mojuntin, 44, RM2,000 in default of three months’ jail each for voluntarily causing hurt to businessman Chee Hee Fatt, 45, at the same place at 4am on the same day. They paid the fines.

On 17 Dec 2008, the High Court allowed the prosecution’s appeal and overturned the Magistrate’s Court’s acquittal of the Mojuntins on all charges in March 2008.

In allowing the appeal, Abdul Rahman held that the magistrate had seriously misdirected himself when he ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The Mojuntins were represented by counsel Zahir Hussein Shah while deputy public prosecutor Salim Soib appeared for the prosecution. — Bernama

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