KUALA LUMPUR: A former Mimos Bhd financial general manager was sentenced to a total of 56 years in jail and fined RM5mil for accepting bribes of about RM1mil.
Khairuddin Khalid, 53, who is currently the chief operating officer of a private IT company, was sentenced to seven years for each of the eight charges.
Sessions Court judge Ahmad Zamzani Mohd Zain ordered the sentences to run concurrently from yesterday, which meant that he would serve just seven years.
Khairuddin also faced a further 64 months jail time if he fails to settle the fine.
Judge Ahmad Zamzani handed down the decision after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a case beyond reasonable doubt against Khairuddin.
“The argument that the accused is a victim of a revenge plot cannot be proved and only based on speculation. The defence given was a bare denial, baseless, unreasonable and was an afterthought.
“Therefore, I found him guilty for eight counts of accepting bribes under Section 10 (a) (bb) and 11(a) of Anti-Corruption Act,” he said.
Earlier, in mitigation, Khairuddin’s counsel Azi Azlin Zulkifli said he was married with two schoolgoing children and that his wife was not working. Azi said her client played an important role to secure government projects such as the KLIA2.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Mohd Nur Lokman Samingan was on the case.
Judge Ahmad Zamzani later granted an application for a stay on the jail sentence.
However, he ordered Khairuddin to pay the fines instantly. Khairuddin was charged with four counts of accepting RM502,002.37 in four cheques from businessman Muhamad Khalid Ismail, 66.
He was also charged with four counts of asking for bribes of a similar amount.
The offences were alleged to have taken place at the office of investment company Corporate Eight Asset Management Sdn Bhd (CEAM) at Menara Weld, Jalan Raja Chulan here between May 23, 2001 and Feb 8, 2002.
The money was allegedly an inducement for the accused to ensure that MIMOS invested its money in CEAM.