ALOR SETAR: Four customs officers were each sentenced to 24 months in prison by the lower court after being found guilty of accepting a RM 22,000 bribe in May 2019.
Judge Harmi Thamri Mohamad sentenced Kamaruzaman Hashim, 43, Mohamad Fadzil Voon Fandi Voon, 37, Saiful Azhar Ismail, 37, and Muhamad Izrul Ismail, 32, after the defense failed to prove the prosecution’s case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The four men were charged with jointly accepting RM22,000 from Md Radzi Puteh, who was found to be in possession of contraband cigarettes and firecrackers in Kampung Namek Tua, Sik, around 6.30pm on May 21, 2019.
They were charged under Section 137 (1) (b) of the Customs Act and the offense punishable under Section 137 (1) of the same Act.
Based on the facts of the case, the first defendant, Kamaruzaman, reportedly discussed with the informant in which he had agreed on the payment rate of RM25,000 by releasing Md Radzi in pre-trial detention for the raid.
Then Md Radzi handed the money in a plastic bag to Kamaruzaman while the balance of RM 3,000 was handed over by his son-in-law (Md Radzi) Amir Fadzli Basirun via an online transaction to the first defendant, Bernama reported. .
Kamaruzaman was also found guilty of committing the first offense by receiving the RM 3,000 at 6:49 p.m. on the same day, so he was also sentenced to 24 months in prison, with sentences to run concurrently.
However, the court allowed a stay of sentences for all defendants pending appeal proceedings in the High Court.
The court allowed the suspension of the sentence with the existing bail (2,000 RM) to be increased to 10,000 RM each for the accused.