KUALA LUMPUR - A couple pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to multiple charges involving theft from the bank accounts of four passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Bank officer Nur Shila Kanan and her mechanic husband Basheer Ahmad Maula Sahul Hameed, both 33, were accused of making illegal transfers and withdrawals, amounting to RM85,180 (S$33,612) in total, from the accounts.
Nur Shila faces 12 principal charges in relation to transferring money from the HSBC Bank accounts to other bank accounts, theft, getting approval for a debit card and making a new Internet banking application with intent to cheat, and using forged documents at the HSBC branch in Lebuh Ampang from May 14 to July 14.
Basheer faces four main charges, including one for allegedly using a debit card and an ATM card to withdraw cash from the bank accounts.
He allegedly committed the offences at the bank's ATM centre at Ampang Point here between May 15 and June 29.
Each of them also face four alternative charges of stealing from the HSBC Bank accounts.
The money was reported missing from the accounts of two Chinese nationals, Ju Kun and Tian Jun Wei, and Malaysians Hue Pui Peng and flight steward Tan Size Hiang.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Fadhli Mahmud applied to the court to set bail for each at RM20,000 in one surety and asked that the couple be made to surrender their passports to the court.
Lawyer Abdul Hakeem Aiman Mohd Affandi, who appeared for the couple, asked that bail be set at RM10,000 in one surety for each and said that they were willing to surrender their passports.
Judge Mat Ghani Abdullah set bail at RM12,000 in one surety for each and impounded their passports.
He fixed Aug 25 for the case to be brought before him again.