Published: Monday September 10, 2012 MYT 7:26:00 PM
NFC case: Shamsubahrin given RM1.7mil to bribe cops, court hears
By QISHIN TARIQ
KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail was given RM1.7mil to bribe officers involved in the investigation of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), the Session Court heard during the first day of his trial.
First witness, investigating officer ASP Mohd Nor Hasni Maizam Othman, 36, told the court that he received a call from NFC financial manager Hasimah Ahmad, who told him about the payment and its purpose.
Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID) deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said Mohd Nor Hasni had told him about a tip-off by an NFC officer, that Shamsubahrin was going to pay off officers in the CCID.
Tajuddin said he confronted the three officers - Supt S. Ravindran Singh, ASP Nordin Md Nor and Mohd Nor Hasni - all of whom denied taking any bribe.
He advised Mohd Nor Hasni to file a report, so that an investigation could be started.
"I saw it as a serious issue that could hamper the NFC investigations if not looked into immediately," Tajuddin told the court, on Monday.
Shamsubahrin was detained on Dec 21 when he allegedly tried to bribe several CCID officers probing the NFC issue with about RM1.7mil to avoid arrest.
Shamsubahrin, CEO of Shamsubahrin Ismail Resouces Sdn Bhd, faces five cheating and 17 money laundering charges.
He has been accused of five counts of duping NFCorp chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail over consultancy services.
The trial continues Tuesday.