KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 5, 2018: A Sessions Court has imposed bail of RM2 million on former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman who was today charged with 35 counts of corruption involving US$63, 293,924 (RM263,460,962.313) relating to timber concessions in the state.
Judge Rozina Ayob ordered Musa, 67, to pay RM1 million today and RM1 million on Wednesday and to surrender his diplomatic and international passports to the court until the case is settled. The accused has to be in the peninsula until the full bail sum is paid.
Musa was accused of soliciting bribes from eight timber concession companies. Musa, who was wearing a black coat, a songkok and a walking stick, said he understood all the charges and asked to be tried.
According to the charges, Musa, as chief minister-cum-Sabah Foundation Board of Trustees chairman, via corrupt practices had acquired for himself the stated amount in bribes.
This was as an inducement for him to give the concessions to several companies, including Segar Tepat Sdn. Bhd. and J.V. Lestari Sdn. Bhd.
All the offences were allegedly committed at seven banks and financial institutions in Hong Kong and Singapore.
The prosecution was led by Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram while Musa was represented by lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad. — Bernama