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Former ministry officer, Adun jailed for corruption

KUALA LUMPUR — September 28, 2016: A former assistant officer with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry was today jailed a total 21 years and fined RM9,248,554 after being found him guilty on
seven counts of corruption.

Judge Allaudeen Ismail handed down the sentence to  Hazmi Samsudin, 41, who was with the ministry’s National Key Result Area (NKRA) unit, after the defence failed to raise any reasonable doubt in the case involving RM18.6 million.

He made the decision after hearing testimonies of 41 prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses, including Hazmi.

Hazmi was sentenced to three years jail for each charge and fined RM9,248,554 for all the charges or jail of four years and six months if he fails to pay the fine.

But the sentences are to run concurrently, which means Hazmi will only have to serve three years jail starting today.

The judge allowed an application by Hazmi’s counsel Mohd. Baharuddin Ahmad Kassim for a stay of execution pending an appeal to the High Court.

On the first count, Hazmi was charged with soliciting bribes of 10 per cent of the total value of RM18 million from four individuals, which included upgrading and repairs of community halls, surau and mosques.

On the second to the seventh counts, Hazmi was charged with accepting bribes of 10 per cent for every six projects in Manjung, Perak.

In mitigation, Baharuddin said his client, who had repented, needed to support his family.

In Putrajaya, former Selangor state assemblyman for Teratai, Yap Soo Sun, was sent to jail for two years after he lost his final appeal to set aside his conviction for making false payment claims in 2008 involving RM70,000.

A three-man Court of Appeal panel chaired by Justice Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat also upheld an order to fine the 51-year-old former Gerakan assemblyman RM350,000.

Yap was found guilty by the Sessions Court on November 3, 2011, on seven counts of making false payment claims at the Hulu Langat district office in 2008.

He lost his appeal at the High Court on May 22 last year.

In dismissing Yap’s appeal, Ong said the court found that there was no merits in his appeal and that the jail sentence meted out on him by the Sessions Court was not excessive. The judge also issued a warrant of committal against Yap for him to begin his jail term today.

Yap, who wore a light green baju Melayu and a skull cap, looked calm when the verdict was delivered.

Yap and his former special assistant Mohd. Firdaus Abu Zarin, 49, were charged with making false claims for RM40,000 purportedly for Thaipusam celebrations which never took place.

They were also charged with further submitting false claims for RM30,000 purportedly for Chinese New Year programmes which were also never organised.

Firdaus was jailed two years and fined RM350,000 after he was found guilty of abetting Yap. He did not appeal further after the High Court upheld his conviction and jail sentence. — Bernama

 

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