Saturday February 23, 2013
Four immigration officers jailed
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: Four immigration officers who took bribes as “payment” to facilitate the illegal entry of Indonesian immigrants were sentenced to six years’ jail each and fined a total of RM239,700 between them after the Sessions Court here found them guilty.
Ahmad Zahed Abd Alim, 30, was fined RM120,000 for taking a RM13,590 bribe. He was convicted on 12 counts after the court found his defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt.
Mohd Hafiz Zakaria, 29, was convicted on four counts and fined RM55,700 for taking a RM8,690 bribe.
Azmir Mahadi, 30, was found guilty on five out of six counts of bribery totalling RM3,810. The court fined him RM50,000. He was acquitted of a sixth charge of allegedly attempting to obtain a bribe.
Mohd Khairul Haqimie Kamaruddin, 28, was acquitted of two out of three counts. He was convicted of his first charge of accepting a RM2,650 bribe and fined RM14,000.
The offences were committed at various places including banks, a restaurant, the immigration quarters and a petrol station around Klang between July 27 and Sept 30, 2010.
Judge Mat Ghani Abdullah passed a six-year jail sentence for each of the counts the men were found guilty of. However, the jail sentences were to run concurrently.
The court allowed a stay pending an appeal and imposed a bail of RM10,000 on each of them.