May 21 case mention for businessman charged with cheating NFC
The Star (5 April 2012)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here has fixed May 21 for the case mention of businessman Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who is charged with cheating National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) director Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail of RM1.76mil.
Judge Rozilah Salleh set the date to enable Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecution unit head Datuk Abdul Razak Musa to decide if they want to pursue the case or drop the charges.
The two-day case, which was to have commenced Wednesday, was postponed after Abdul Razak informed the court that they had received a letter of representation from the defence on March 14 to review the charges against Shamsubahrin, 46.
The court further set July 16 to 27 for the trial.
Earlier Wednesday, Abdul Razak told the court that the prosecution received Shamsubahrin's mobile phone from the defence early in March for the purpose of investigating its SMS contents.
He added that the phone was sent to the police forensics department but the contents could not be traced.
"The phone was then sent to the forensics division of Cyber Security Malaysia, but so far we have not received any report on its SMS contents," he said.
Datuk Sallehuddin Saidin, who appeared for Shamsubahrin, confirmed that he had sent the letter of representation and handed over his client's mobile phone to the prosecution.
On Dec 30 last year, Shamsubahrin was charged with two counts of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code by promising to provide consultation services and advice to Mohamad Salleh and dishonestly inducing him into handing over a cheque for the RM1.76mil.
Shamsubahrin, who is chief executive officer of Resources Sdn Bhd, faces up to 10 years in prison and caning and fine each ,upon conviction of the offences.
He allegedly committed them at a restaurant in Bukit Tunku here at 6pm on Nov 20, 2011 and Solaris, Mont Kiara between Nov 25 and Dec 6, 2011.