JOHOR BARU - A crowd of people packed a Sessions Court here to catch a glimpse of lawyer Kamal Hisham Jaafar who was finally charged with two counts of breach of trust involving half a million ringgit after going on the run for three years.
The lawyer, who used to have dealings with VVIPs, including royalty, turned up in court smartly clad in blue shirt and jeans and with a piece of cloth draped over his handcuffed hands.
Kamal, who was waiting near the staircase, only entered the courtroom after Sessions judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz took his seat.
Kamal was accused of having used his position as Southern Ads Sdn Bhd director at a time when he was trusted with business premises in JB Sentral to carry out rental agreements with two companies without informing the board members.
He was alleged to have used his own company, Southern Flame Sdn Bhd, to enter into a rental agreement with Met Mint (M) Sdn Bhd for a monthly rent of RM30,000 (S$10,000) from January 2010 to August 2011, for which the firm paid RM515,000.
He was said to have committed the offence at the Southern Ads office in Wisma IBZI in Jalan Damai here on Dec 22, 2009.
He was also charged with entering into a similar agreement with Point Convenience Shop Sdn Bhd for a monthly rent of RM2,000 from October 2010 to June 2011, worth RM18,000 at the same place on Oct 1, 2010.
Kamal, who now faces up to 20 years in jail, whipping and a fine under Section 409 of the Penal Code, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mohamad Haldar set bail at RM300,000 with two local guarantors pending the next mention on Sept 30 and ordered Kamal to surrender his passport and report to the nearest police station once every fortnight.
Kamal posted bail but was later taken back to the state police headquarters for his statement to be recorded.