An 82-year-old prominent businessman in the oil and gas industry here claimed trial in the Sessions Court to two charges of raping an underage girl.
For the first offence, Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad Darvesh Mohd Deen, or better known as Ibrahim Din, was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in a room at a budget hotel located at Taman Jade Manis in Miri at about 12.40am on Aug 31, 2017.
He was charged under section 376(2)(D) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of 30 years and whipping upon conviction.
For the second offence, he was accused of raping the girl in a room at a budget hotel in Jalan Masjid here at about 8pm on Sept 11, 2017.
He was charged under section 376(1) of the same Code that provides an imprisonment up to 20 years and whipping upon conviction.
The accused appeared calm when the charges were read before Session Court judge Steve Ritikos, who set Oct 19 for case management and March 5 to 9 next year for the trial.
He also allowed the accused to be released on RM15,000 bail with two local sureties.
The deputy public prosecutor was Wan Mohd Izzat Wan Abdullah while the accused was represented by counsel Ranbir Singh.