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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court allowed the international passport of National Feedlot Corporation's executive chairman be returned temporarily to him for his business travels.
Judge SM Komathy Suppiah granted the application by counsel Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah acting for Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh, 63, who is facing four charges under the Penal Code and the Companies Act 1965 for misusing RM49.8m belonging to NFCorp.
Shafee said that his client has a continuous duty to travel overseas for business purposes.
He explained that Salleh needed to make an official visit to Singapore and visit Kazakhstan as well for business expansion.
The judge ordered the accused to return the passport to the court on May 16.
She also fixed May 28 for mention to allow the Prosecution to submit relevant documents to the Defence.
Back on March 12, Salleh claimed trial to committing criminal breach(CBT) of trust by banking in RM40 million of NFCorp's money into the account of his company, National Meat and Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd (NMLC), at a CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd branch in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here between May 6 and Nov 16, 2009.
He then pleaded not guilty to committing CBT with RM9,758,140 belonging to NFCorp by purchasing two One Menerung Condominium units purportedly for NMLC.
The incident allegedly occurred at the same bank branch between Dec 1 and Dec 4, 2009.
The accused also pleaded not guilty to two other charges involving the same monetary amount falling under Section 132(2) of The Companies Act 1965.
He was ordered to surrender his passport as part of bail condition. He also posted RM500,000 bail.
Salleh is now facing a maximum 20 years in jail, whipping and fine, if convicted.
Prosecution was conducted by DPP Dzulkifli Ahmad, Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud, Nor Azimul Azami, Hamidi Mohd Noh and Rezi Izwan.
Salleh was also represented by Gurbachan Singh, Wan Shahrizan Wan Laden and Badrulmunir Bukhari.