KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here fixed Feb 20 to hear revision applications by former Sabah Water Department deputy director Teo Chee Kong, who was charged with money laundering.
Judge Ravinthran Paramugu fixed the date today, after counsels Ram Singh and Nelson Anggang, who were representing Teo, applied for three criminal revision applications to the court.
The revisions were against the refusal of Session Court Judge (Abu Bakar Manat) to recuse himself from hearing the trial and Teo's objection on Session Court's order for joint trial with three other accused.
Teo, through his counsels, had also filed a notice of motion on the production of documents and CCTV footages, which were dismissed by the Session's court judge.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's Deputy Public Prosecutor Rustam Sanip, who was standing for Deputy Public Prosecutor Tengu Amir Zaki, had requested the court to set Feb 20 for hearing on the matter.
Last month, the Sessions Court fixed Feb 21, 22, and 23 for joint trial dates for Teo, former SWD director Awang Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, Mohd Tahir's wife Fauziah Piut and retired department deputy director Lim Lam Beng.
The trial was then postponed to March 6.
Teo, on December 13 last year claimed trial to 146 charges of money laundering involving RM32.93 million.
All charges were under Section 4(1)(a) and Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.
In October 2016, Teo and Mohd Tahir were remanded by MACC to assist probe on mishandling of funds for water infrastructure projects in this State before being released on bail.
On Dec 29, 2016, Mohd Tahir and Fauziah pleaded not guilty to 31 money-laundering charges involving RM59.1 million, as well two counts of possessing 575 pieces of jewellery and 346 other valuable items, acquired through illegal means.
Meanwhile on a seperate case, Ranvinthran fixed Feb 27 for hearing for judicial review against MACC applied by Mohd Tahir and his wife through their counsels Marcel Jude and Nurul Rafeeqa Afdul Mutolip.
Senior Federal Counsels Andi Razali Jaya Dadi and Dorine Patrick, representing the commission. Both parties were instructed to prepare written submissions.