Ex-Immigration director-general jailed for graft

Ex-Immigration director-general jailed for graft

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Former Immigration Depart-ment director-general Datuk Wahid Md Don has been convicted by the same Sessions Court judge who had earlier acquitted him.

Sessions Court judge Rosbiahanin Arifin found Wahid guilty of corruption involving visa applications for 4,337 Bangladeshis, and sentenced him to six years in prison and a RM300,000 (S$118,000) fine.

She found that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt and its arguments were merely an afterthought.

Rosbiahanin also impeached Wahid's evidence, thus agreeing with the prosecution's stand that the contradictions between Wahid's statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and his testimony in court made him a suspect witness.

Wahid, 59, appeared stoic when the judgment was handed down and was seen speaking to his wife while in the dock, before being led out of the courtroom.

Counsel Datuk V. Sithambaram applied for a stay of execution against the jail time and fine, pending an appeal against the Sessions Court's decision.

However, Rosbiahanin denied both points of the stay application, despite MACC legal and prosecution division director Datuk Abdul Razak Musa only objecting to the stay of jail time.

The decision comes as an about-turn, as Rosbiahanin had acquitted Wahid of his charges at the end of the prosecution stage on Oct 15, 2010.

The MACC had appealed against the decision, but on May 31 last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court upheld Ros­biahanin's earlier judgment that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case.

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