Saturday September 22, 2012
Datuk’s bailor gets ultimatum
By M. MAGESWARI
KUALA LUMPUR: A businesswoman who posted bail for a Datuk convicted for cheating was given an ultimatum to either produce him in court or lose her RM700,000 house used as collateral for his bail.
High Court judge Justice Amelia Tee Hong Geok Abdullah asked bailor Dr Norma Ahmad, 55, to show cause why her house should not be forfeited given that the accused was not present for his appeal yesterday.
Justice Tee also struck out the Datuk’s appeal after DPP Syed Faisal Syed Amir told her the appellant’s absence indicated his disinterest in pursuing his appeal.
Justice Tee also issued a warrant to commit appellant Datuk Paiman Shakimon to jail.
Paiman, 53, was sentenced by the Sessions Court here to 13 years’ jail on two counts of cheating and two counts of using forged documents involving almost RM12mil.
Sessions judge Jagjit Singh ruled in April last year that Paiman’s defence was a mere denial and that he did not find him credible.
During the show-cause proceedings yesterday, Dr Norma said she had gone to Paiman’s house three times but was unable to meet him.
When questioned by Syed Faisal, Dr Norma said Paiman was her relative and she had posted bail because he had requested her to do so.
“I did not fully understand the terms of being a bailor. I do not know his whereabouts and am unable to reach him,” she said.
Dr Norma applied for time to produce Paiman in court.
Syed Faisal said police had gone to Paiman’s house at Country Heights, Kajang, three times but could not execute the July 20 arrest warrant issued against him.
He added that police had also met Paiman’s son at the house but was not successful in tracing his whereabouts.
Justice Tee said the prosecution should alert all exit points and check his bank transactions to trace him.
Syed Faisal said the lower court had impounded Paiman’s passport earlier.
Paiman’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo asked to discharge himself and said he was unable to contact his client for further instructions.
Justice Tee allowed Gobind’s application and set Oct 11 for Dr Norma to produce Paiman in court.
Paiman had pleaded not guilty on Sept 28, 2007 to cheating businessman Datuk Rosidi Kamaruddin, 60, into paying him RM3.8mil after inducing him to believe that a “roll-over programme” investment scheme was approved by Bank Negara and profitable.
He had also claimed trial to duping lawyer Datuk Liew Teck Keong, 57, into paying him RM8mil after convincing him the same scheme was valid.
Paiman faced two other charges of using 28 forged documents in his dealings with both Rosidi and Liew.
The Sessions Court found him guilty of committing the offences at Hotel Nikko in Jalan Ampang, here, between May 5, 2005 and Nov 17, 2006.