KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 (Bernama) -- National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC) executive chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail, who is facing two counts of Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) amounting to RM49.7 million, managed to obtain his passport temporarily for his scheduled trips abroad in April and May.
Sessions Court judge S.M Komathy Suppiah allowed Mohamad Salleh's impounded passport to be returned temporarily following an application by his lawyer Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah during today's case mention.
Komathy however declined a further request to release the accused from the terms of his bail and ordered the passport to be returned on May 16.
Muhammad Shafee informed the court that his client had filed the application at the High Court Registrar here on April 10 in order to enable him to travel abroad for business in his capacity as NFC executive chairman and Meatworks (Singapore) Pte Ltd director and signatory and for personal reasons.
Mohamad Salleh would be in Singapore from April 23 to 26; performing the 'umrah' (small hajj) April 28 to May 5; making a business trip to Kazaskhtan May 5 to 11 and visiting his daughter in London between May 11 and 15.
DPP Dzulkifli Ahmad agreed to the temporary handing over of the passport but objected to the accused being released from the terms of his bail, which was set at RM500,000 with one surety, saying the prosecution would increase the bail if the document was permanently returned to him.
On March 12, Mohamad Salleh, 64, was charged with misappropriating RM9,758,140 in his capacity as NFC director to fund the purchase of two condominiums at 'One Menerung' in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, between Dec 1 and 4, 2009 at CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
The second count involved a transfer of RM40 million into the account of National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd, of which Mohamad Salleh and one of his children were directors, between May 6 and Nov 16, 2009.
He faces between two to 20 years in prison, caning and possible fine, upon conviction under Section 409 of the Companies Act 1965.
Mohamad Salleh was also charged under Section 132(2)(a) of the same Act with utilising company assets to partially fund the purchase of the condominiums without the company's approval.
He is liable to be imprisoned for up to five years or fined RM30,000 upon conviction of both the offences.
His wife, former Women, Family and Community Development minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and several family members were seen accompanying him. The court fixed re-mention for May 28.