RM700k bribery: Five govt staff remanded
Published on: Friday, November 22, 2019
By: Cynthia D Baga and Eifa Rizan
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KOTA KINABALU: Five civil servants, one of them a director, were remanded to facilitate investigations into a case of allegedly receiving a bribe involving a sum of RM700,000 over changing of land zone.

Two of the suspects aged 36 and 56 were remanded for six days, while the other three aged 40, 56 and 60 were remanded for five days, from Thursday.

The remand orders were granted by Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie and Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun, respectively, following an application by prosecuting officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The five were remanded to assist in the investigations under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 for accepting a bribe, which carries a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the bribe involved, or up to RM10,000, whichever is higher, on conviction.

It was learnt that the five were detained in the city area on Wednesday.

Counsel Hamid Ismail represented three of the suspects while the other two were not represented.

Meanwhile, in LAHAD DATU, an assistant engineer at a district government department was remanded for seven days by the Magistrate’s Court to assist in a MACC investigation.

Session Court Judge Zaini Fishir @ Fisal, who sat as a magistrate, issued the remand order for the 38-year-old suspect at the request of MACC Prosecuting Officer Mohd Ariff Tumiran.

The suspect was arrested by MACC at his office on Wednesday for allegedly requesting and accepting a bribe in relation to a project.



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