Another five senior officers accused of accepting bribes in Malaysia

Another five senior officers accused of accepting bribes in Malaysia
Two Customs officers covering their faces with a jacket after being charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.

KUALA LUMPUR - In another round of charges, five senior Customs officers stand accused of 24 counts of accepting bribes totalling RM76,000 (S$30,000) related to liquor smuggling.

The officers were charged in three Sessions Courts here under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission Act and the Penal Code.

In the first case, Federal Territory Customs enforcement unit officer Hizam Abd Ghani is alleged to have accepted RM50,000 from a "Malaysian citizen" as an inducement not to take action over an offence under Section 135 of the Customs Act involving liquor.

Hizam, 56, is said to have committed the offence at Taman Segar, Cheras, on March 2011.

Mohd Ariffin Zakaria, 57, an assistant director attached to the Dengkil Customs office, faces nine charges of receiving a total of RM16,000 from two persons in monthly payments via a bank account.

He is accused of committing the offences at a Maybank branch in Cheras and at a petrol kiosk in front of Cheras Sentral Plaza between April 12 and June 11 this year.

Sessions Court judge Allaudeen Ismail later fixed bail at RM5,000 in one surety for Hizam and RM15,000 in three sureties for Mohd Ariffin.

At another court, Selangor Customs enforcement unit assistant director Sohaizan Othman, 41, was slapped with five charges of accepting bribes totalling RM5,000.

He had allegedly committed the offences at petrol kiosks in Taman Connaught and Taman Taynton, Cheras, from 9pm to 10pm between March and July this year.

Judge Mohd Nasir Nordin set bail at RM20,000 in one surety.

Senior Federal Territory Customs enforcement unit officer Azlee Mohamed Yusof was charged with eight counts of accepting RM4,000 in monthly payments.

Azlee, 48, had allegedly committed the offences in Taman Connaught, Cheras, between January and August this year.

Officer Ishak Abu, 55, who is attached to the Selangor Customs enforcement unit, is accused of accepting RM1,000 from a "Malay­sian citizen" when he knew that the person had official business with him.

The offence was allegedly committed at the Maybank branch in Jalan Raja Laut here at about 8.38pm on July 26 this year.

Judge Rosbiahanin Arifin imposed a RM10,000 and RM5,000 bail on Azlee and Ishak respectively.

All three courts fixed Oct 20 for mention.

Last Friday, seven senior Customs officers claimed trial in the Shah Alam Sessions Court to 98 counts of accepting bribes ranging from RM500 to RM298,000.

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