Former Labuan MP Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman, who pleaded not guilty in the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court today to cheating a bank by using someone else's identity card to act as a guarantor for a RM160,000 loan, will appear in the Magistrate's Court tomorrow (Tuesday - April 14, 2009 to face another charge.
Suhaili, whose term as Labuan Corporation chairman expired on March 31, is charged today with leading bank manager Ismail Jantan to believe that he was the holder of an identity card bearing number H0552181 in a housing loan application for RM110,000 and an overdraft of RM50,000 to purchase an apartment unit at Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu.
He allegedly committed the offence at the Malayan Banking Berhad Kota Kinabalu branch on April 3, 1996.
If convicted, he faces a jail term of one to 10 years with whipping and liability of a fine.Judge Caroline Bee Majanil fixed Feb 8-12 next year for trial and allowed bail of RM20,000 with a deposit of RM3,000 by one surety.
Deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais told the court that the prosecution had 13 witnesses while defence counsel Rakbir Singh said the defence had four.
Meanwhile, when met by reporters outside the courtroom, Suhaili, who was expected to have his term as Labuan Corporation chairman extended this week, said he would leave the matter of his appointment to the Federal Territories Minister.