KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 – The Sessions Court today fixed three days from December 17 for the trial of a bank officer and her husband over the alleged transfer and withdrawal of RM85,180 from the accounts of four people who had been on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Judge Norsharidah Awang set the dates after Nur Shila Kanan, 33, and her husband, Basheer Ahmad Maula Sahul Hameed, 33, had yesterday engaged a lawyer, Ummi Aliza Abd Kadir, to represent them. The court also set October 31 for case management. On August 20, Nur Shila pleaded not guilty to four counts of allegedly transferring RM40,000 from an account belonging to Malaysian Hue Pui Heng into the account of Chinese national Tian Jun Wei and RM35,000 into an account belonging to one Ali Faran Khan. Nur Shila also faces four counts of having used fake documents, two counts of cheating and two counts of stealing RM2,530 from two accounts belonging to Chinese national Ju Kun and a flight attendant, Tan Sze Hiang. She had also pleaded not guilty to four alternative charges of stealing money belonging to the four victims.
Meanwhile, Basheer Ahmad Maula pleaded not guilty to four counts of using Tian’s debit and ATM cards to withdraw a total of RM7,650 from the latter’s savings account in four separate transactions. He also faced four alternative charges of stealing money from the same savings account. The offences were allegedly committed by Nur Shila at the HSBC Bank, Lebuh Ampang branch, where she worked between May 14 and July 8, while her husband is alleged to have committed the offences at an HSBC ATM machine in Ampang Point, Ampang, between 10.02 am on May 15 and 11.28 pm on June 29. The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Fadhli Mahmud. Flight MH370 dropped off radar on March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew members on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft is yet to be found, even after an exhaustive search in the southern Indian Ocean, where it is believed to have gone down after veering off course. The search is ongoing.