Datuk Facing More Cheating Charges over Land Scam

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Back in court in less than a week for nine similar charges.

Two men, including a ‘Datuk’, who were charged four days ago with cheating nine individuals involving payments for ownership transfer of non-existent land were charged again in the Kajang Sessions Court yesterday to nine similar charges.

Datuk Nor Hasnal Hashmi, 49, and Sayyid Walid Hasuana, 31, both pleaded not guilty to allegedly misleading nine individuals into believing that they would transfer ownership of land lots and construct nine houses to them upon payment of RM637,500 to Masgenuine Alliance Holdings Sdn Bhd.

They are accused of committing the offences at 70-G Jalan Lagenda Suria 3, Taman Lagenda Suria, Hulu Langat, Kajang, between October 2012 and September 2014.

The charges under Section 420 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same code, carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years, whipping and fine, upon conviction.

Judge Datin Surita Budin set RM80,000 as bail with one surety each and an additional condition that their passports be surrendered to the court pending disposal of the case.

The court fixed May 10 for next mention.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Siti Noor Hafizan Zakaria proposed RM150,000 as bail on each accused and for their passports to be impounded.

However, Nor Hasnal’s counsel Zainal Omar pleaded for minimum bail on the grounds that his client was declared bankrupt in January, which had affected his source of income, and had to fend for his family, including 10 children seven of whom are still in school.

Sayyid Walid’s counsel Ahmad Zaharil Muhaiyar also requested for a reduced bail amount and for the accused to be allowed to leave his house between 7am to 7pm.

The court then allowed RM80,000 bail for each of the accused and ordered for the duo to surrender their passports to the court until the disposal of the case.

On Thursday, Nor Hasnal, Sayyid Walid and another man claimed trial in the Selayang Sessions Court to nine cheating charges involving RM689,181, six years ago.

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