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Pakistani trader jailed and fined for bribing cops
Published on: Wednesday, March 03, 2021
By: Cynthia D Baga
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Kota Kinabalu: A Pakistani trader was jailed a total of two days and fined RM20,000 for giving bribes to two policemen.

Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat meted out the sentence to Mujahid Ali Aman Ullah, 42, who pleaded guilty to two charges against him.

On the second count, Mujahid was jailed one day and fined RM10,000 or four months’ jail for giving bribe of RM500 to Assistant Superintendent of Police Fauzi Abdul Kadir as inducement not to take any legal action against Mujahid who had been suspected of having contraband cigarettes.

The crime took place at 10.30am on April 22, 2020 at Shahid Enterprise, here.

On the second count, Mujahid was sentenced to one day’s jail and fined RM10,000 in default four months’ jail for giving RM500 bribe to Constable Lister Liew for the same purpose at 12.30pm on March 23, 2020 at the same place.

The offence, under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, provides for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of bribe received or RM10,000, whichever is higher, on conviction. The court ordered Mujahid to serve the jail sentence concurrently.

During mitigation, counsel Erveana Ansari who defended Mujahid, asked for leniency saying that he has a local wife and children to look after. Erveana informed the court that Mujahid has no previous conviction and had given full cooperation to the MACC during investigation.

According to Erveana, Mujahid wished to go back to Pakistan to visit his father who is currently sick.

However, MACC Prosecuting Officer Rekhraj Singh urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence on the grounds that the bribe was a very serious offence.

Meanwhile, for another Pakistani accused in the case, Sharif Ud Din, 40, will go trial on June 3-4 this year.



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