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Fugitive lawyer charged

13/08/09 The Star By FARIK ZOLKEPLI

JOHOR BARU: Fugitive lawyer Md Madzhar Mohd Sapuan, 43, who was on the police wanted list for four years, has claimed trial to three separate counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM158,000 in three different Sessions Courts.

In the first court, he was charged with wrongfully using a Bank Bumiputra Commerce cheque worth RM80,000 at the Madzhar Mohd Sapuan & Co. office in Metropolis Tower on Nov 30, 2000.

Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir set bail at RM5,000 with one surety and set Dec 2 for trial.

Md Madzhar pleaded for a lower bail saying he is currently unemployed and has five children to support.

Caught: Md Madzhar being escorted by a policeman out of the Johor Baru Sessions Court Wednesday.

DPP Mazri Mohamed argued for a RM15,000 bail considering the severity of the offence.

In the second court, Md Madzhar was charged with misappropriating a Bank Bumiputra cheque worth RM25,000 at the same office on Dec 15, 2000.

DPP Jasmee Hameeza Jaafat urged the court to set bail at RM50,000 as the accused was a known public figure and the case was of public interest.

Judge Jamaluddin Mat set bail at RM25,000 despite appeals by Md Madzhar.

He also set Oct 15 for mention.

In the third court, Md Madzhar was charged with swindling RM53,000 from a client.

He was alleged to have swindled Sakiran Nor of the money which was meant for a housing developer on Jan 8 this year.

Judge Abd Ghafar Ab Latif set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and fixed Dec 2 for mention.

As at press time, the accused had yet to post bail.


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