From dream home to prison cell

From dream home to prison cell
The accused: Idris (right) leaving the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - A former Petro­nas Carigali senior manager who tried to build a dream house with bribe money found himself a home in prison after he was convicted by the Sessions Court here.

Judge Rosbiahanin Arifin fined Idris M. Shuhud, 49, RM2.01mil for taking RM403,000 worth of bribes and sentenced him to three years in prison.

She sentenced him to a further one year in prison on three counts of money laundering amounting to RM384,500.

The judge had earlier found Idris guilty of accepting the bribes which he used to buy and renovate a semi-detached house.

"The accused has failed to provide a reasonable explanation for his actions and the court finds him guilty of all charges," she said.

Judge Rosbiahanin also allowed DPP Muhamad Farez Rahman's application to have Idris' bank account frozen and the Bandar Tun Hussein Onn house seized.

Idris' lawyer Affifudin Afifi ap­­plied for a stay pending an appeal but was enied.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution called 23 witnesses while the defence produced three.

Idris was charged on July 5, 2013, with receiving the bribes in his capacity as Hook-Up Com­missioning Development Division senior manager, allegedly given to him by Penaga Orbit and Genius Response company director Ka­­ma­­rudin Mohd Daud.

The bribes were to induce Idris to approve official Petronas documents, Technical Bids Evalua­tion and Service Completion Cer­­ti­fi­cates for Kamarudin's com­­pany.

The offences took place at a bank in Wisma PKPS, Section 14, Shah Alam, between March 5 and May 5, 2009, and another bank at KLCC on Jan 20, 2012.

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