Friday March 1, 2013
Woman gets jail for trying to bribe TM officer
By MAIZATUL NAZLINA
KUALA LUMPUR: A former Alcatel Network (M) Sdn Bhd regional customer account leader was jailed two years and fined RM125,000 by a Sessions Court here after she was found guilty of bribing a Telekom Malaysia assistant manager in 2006.
Sessions Court judge Rozilah Salleh ruled that the defence had failed to establish doubt and ordered Radziah Ani, 51, to be jailed eight months if she failed to pay the fine.
She ordered the sentence to run from yesterday.
“I find her defence was a mere denial, inconsistent and unreasonable,” she said yesterday.
However, the court granted a stay of the jail sentence pending appeal in the High Court. The fine was allowed to be paid until March 8.
Radziah was found guilty of bribing assistant manager Mohd Asri Idris, 42, with a RM25,000 bank cheque dated Feb 15, 2006 as payment to supply information about the tender.
The charge sheet stated that the information was “for the supply of Wideband Code Division Mulitiple Access Mobile Communications System and the Provision of Works Phase II”.
She committed the offence at a hotel in Jalan Sultan Ismail between 1pm and 2.30pm on Feb 17, 2006.
A total of nine prosecution witnesses and four defence witnesses testified in the trial.
Zulqarnain Hassan from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecuted while Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and Sarah Maalini Abishegam defended.
In mitigation, Muhammad Shafee said his client should not be prosecuted on grounds that she had denied her involvement.