Updated: Tuesday September 25, 2012 MYT 7:32:09 PM
Four immigration officers jailed for taking bribes to let Indonesians in
By NURBAITI HAMDAN
SHAH ALAM: Four immigration officers were found guilty by a Sessions Court here on Tuesday for taking bribes in exchange for allowing easy entry for Indonesian nationals into the country two years ago.
Md Shahrizal Che Dan - convicted of 31 bribery counts totaling RM51,760 - paid the heaviest price of the lot when he was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined RM361,400.
The court ordered Md Shahrizal, 27, to serve additional 34 years and six months imprisonment if he failed to pay up.
His colleague Mohamad Izuwansyah Samsuri, 26, was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined RM261,950, in default 25 years and six months in jail.
Mohamad Izuwansyah was found guilty of 25 bribery counts involving RM31,690.
Two other officers Nor Shahazlina Sulaiman and Mohammad Huzzail Ahmad were each sentenced to three years in jail and fined RM14,500 (in default, one-year jail) and two years in jail and fined RM10,000 (in default, six-months jail) respectively.
Nor Shahazlina, 26, and Mohammad Huzzail, 32, were found guilty of a charge each.
All were charged under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.
Judge Asmadi Hussin, in his ruling, said the defence failed to raise reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case.
DPP Nik Haslinie Hashim asked the court to mete out a heavy deterrent sentence.
“The public interest is far more important than the personal interest of the four accused. The country (at this time) is already facing an influx of foreign immigrants. They (as Immigration officers) were supposed to carry out their job honestly and responsibly,” she said.
The court allowed a stay of execution on the jail term but ordered the fines be paid.
Lawyers representing the four accused were Aminuddin Mohd Ramli, Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi and Mohamad Fozi Md Zain.