Couple who allegedly stole money from MH370 victims' bank accounts jump bail

The couple who allegedly stole money from the bank accounts of four victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 failed to turn up in court for their trial on Monday.

A warrant for their arrest has been issued by the Malaysian court.

Bank officer Nur Shila Kanan and her mechanic husband Basheer Ahmad Maula Sahul Hameed, both 34, are accused of making illegal transfers and withdrawals from the accounts of three passengers and a flight steward amounting to RM110,643 (S$41,000).

They had claimed trial to the charges last year and were released on bail of RM12,000 each. 

Their passports were also impounded.

Multiple charges

Nur Shila faces 12 charges for transferring funds from the victims' accounts, theft, cheating to get the approval of a debit card and a Internet banking application, and using forged documents at a HSBC branch between May 14 and July 14 last year.

Basheer faces four charges for using a debit card and an ATM card to withdraw cash from the bank accounts between May 15 and June 29 last year.

Each also face four charges for stealing cash from the four HSBC bank accounts.

The judge also issued show cause notices against the bailors, who did not appear in court to explain the couple's non-attendance.

Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 last year while flying from Malaysia to China. The plane has yet to be found.

The cash was reported missing from the accounts of two Chinese passengers, Ju Kun and Tian Jun Wei, and two Malaysians, Hue Pui Peng and flight steward Tan Size Hiang.

Source: The Star Online