KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – A letter on an alleged cession payment from the Sabah Chief Minister’s Office was found on an accused linked to the Lahad Datu intrusion nearly two years ago, the High Court heard.
Acting ASP Mohammad Khairani Khalid, who was attached to the Bukit Aman Special Action Unit assigned to apprehend suspects in Semporna linked to the intrusion, when identifying the letter in court, said it was seized from Datu Amir Bahar Hushin Kiram on March 23, 2013.
He said the letter was embossed with a logo that bore the words ‘Chief Minister, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia’ and was addressed to one ‘Datu Punjungan Kiram, Pulau Banggi’.
“This document is dated Sept 18, 1981 and titled ‘Cession Money Due for the Year 1981’ and was signed and written ‘Mohd Tahir Jaafar for the State Secretary’,” he added.
Mohammad Khairani, who is now with Istana Negara as an escort and security officer to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong was testifying in the trial of 30 individuals, including Datu Amir Bahar, linked to the intrusion.