KOTA KINABALU: Trial proceedings for three individuals, including two former Sabah Water Department (SWD) top officials, involved in the state’s water graft scandal will commence in February next year.

Sessions court Judge Abu Bakar Manat fixed Feb 5 to 9, and 20 to 23; as well as March 5 to 8, and 19 to 22, as the new trial dates.

The trials were supposed to commence in July this year, but were delayed over legal technicalities.

The accused are former SWD director Awang Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, 54, his wife Fauziah Piut, 51, and retired SWD deputy director, Lim Lam Beng, 62.

"We will also have a pre-trial case management on Nov 29 to finalise everything.

"Since our court has no free dates this year, and since the third accused (Lim) has yet to choose his lead counsel, and the first accused (Awang Tahir) needs more time to prepare accountant reports, we proceeded with these dates.

"But there will be no more replacements (of trial dates) after we have fixed them," said Abu Bakar.

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