Sessions Court judge recuses self from CBT case

File photo of the accused walking into the court room on Aug 2.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Aug 14: Sessions Court judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad today recused herself from presiding over the criminal breach of trust (CBT) case involving Ismail@Razali Dolhan, the former secretary-general of the Football Association of Sarawak (FAS).

The case was fixed for pre-trial case management today, but she decided to recuse herself as she knows the accused and his family members well.

Hence, the case will be heard before judge Marutin Pagan, where further mention has been fixed for August 20.

Ismail, 49, is slapped with three CBT charges amounting to a total of RM191,298.70. He pleaded not guilty to all of them.

Bail was allowed at RM8,000 cash with two local sureties, and he is to report to the nearest police station once every fortnight.

Ismail, while serving as secretary-general of FAS, is alleged to have committed CBT of cash money amounting to RM139,920, RM 21,378.70 and RM30,000 belonging to FAS on Feb 4, 2017, Feb 13, 2017, and Jan 18, 2017, respectively.

He is charged under Section 408 of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment term of between one year and 14 years and liable to whipping and fine, upon conviction.

DPP Ruthra Raj prosecuted, while the accused is represented by Counsel Dominique Ng. — DayakDaily