Sabah Courts Director, Ismail Ibrahim, said the department is not experiencing any problem in refunding bail money deposited with the courts.
He said if procedures were followed, the money could be refunded to the bailor within three weeks after documentation verification.
“There are standard procedures to be followed and once the necessary documents are verified, the claim would be forwarded to the National Accounts Department.
The department will process the payments,” he said, in a statement.
He said following a letter published, “In reference to Another court scandal in Kota Kinabalu Posted: July 8, 2012 in this blog,” in which one “Concerned Bailor” complaining that his bail money refund was delayed.
The concerned bailor had deposited RM1500 to bail a friend charged with an offence under section 15 of the Dangerous Drugs Act.
The bailor said that upon checking, a counter clerk revealed that there was a problem in refunding the sum after a few court staff were found to have used up the bail money with the intention of returning it later.
The bailor was told that one of the staff involved was directed to refund the sum in installments and transferred to the court’s Library as punishment.
Concerned Bailor was also told that the money could only be returned in three months.
“I am, in fact puzzled why no police or MACC report has been lodged by the court administration as the embezzlement involved thousands of Ringgit in Public money.
It is a duty of the Head of Department to report the matter to the police or MACC.
It is a serious offence committed by the staff concerned if what the counter clerk said was true,” Concerned Bailor was quoted as saying.
(This story has come out today in Daily Express Sabah)