Published: Tuesday February 19, 2013 MYT 5:46:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 19, 2013 MYT 6:01:23 PM
Contractor gets 10 years' jail for taking bribe to help businessman get Datuk Seri title
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: A contractor was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined RM50,000 after a Sessions Court here found him guilty of soliciting and receiving bribe as an inducement to help a businessman obtain a Datuk Seri title.
Mohd Amirul Erwan Mohd Raslan, 36, was sentenced to five years in jail and RM25,000 fine for each of the two counts he was convicted of.
However, he will only serve five years in jail as judge Mat Ghani Abdullah ordered for the jail time to run concurrently.
He was found guilty of asking for RM5,000 from businessman Mohamad Imran Abdullah at Grand Kampar Hotel in Perak on Feb 2, 2009.
He was also convicted of receiving the RM5,000 at Holiday Villa Hotel in Subang on Feb 4, 2009.
The money was an inducement for Mohd Amirul to help Mohamad Imran's businessman friend Lim Kok Han obtain a state medal from Perak that carries the title Datuk Seri.
His friend Mohd Afandi Mohd Zambri, 45, was also found guilty of receiving RM1,000 for the same purpose at the same hotel in Subang on Feb 19, 2009.
Mohd Afandi, who was unemployed, was sentenced to five years in jail and fined RM5,000.
Both men, however, were acquitted and discharged on a joint charge of receiving a cheque worth RM25,000, allegedly an inducement for the same purpose, after the Sessions Court found their defence has proven a reasonable doubt in that charge.
The court allowed for a stay of execution on the sentences.