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Published: Tuesday July 19, 2011 MYT 11:02:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday July 19, 2011 MYT 3:06:34 PM

Former Alcatel Network employee charged with bribery

KUALA LUMPUR: A former Alcatel Network (M) Sdn Bhd regional customer account leader claimed trial Tuesday to bribing a Telekom Malaysia Bhd assisant manager to suppy information over a tender.

Radziah Ani, 49, was charged with giving a bribe in the form of a RM25,000 bank cheque dated Feb 15, 2006 to assistant manager Mohd Asri Idris, 42, as payment to supply information about the tender.

The chargesheet stated that the information is "for the supply of Wideband Code Division Mulitiple Access Mobile Communications System and the Provision of Works Phase II".

She was said to have committed the offence at a hotel in Jalan Sultan Ismail between 1pm and 2.30pm obn Feb 17, 2006.

If convicted, she could be jailed up to 20 years and fined not less than five times value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, under the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.

Sessions Court judge Rozilah Salleh granted bail at RM12,000 in one surety.

The judge set Sept 12 for the prosecution to deliver documents to the defence and produce the witness list for the trial.

The judge also set four days from Oct 17 for trial.

Alcatel Network (M) is a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, which is currently barred from participating in tenders, contracts or joint ventures with TM and Axiata Group Bhd.

The decision was made by both companies following a call by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Axiata had suspended its dealings with Alcatel-Lucent effective Feb 18, while TM's suspension was effective Jan 5.

Alcatel-Lucent was investigated over allegations that it had used the services of consultants and made illicit payments to win or keep multi-million dollar telecommunication contracts in several countries including Malaysia.

Previous media reports stated that Alcatel-Lucent and three of its subsidiaries had to pay more than US$137mil (RM423mil) in fines and penalties to settle US charges.

Alcatel-Lucent agents were alleged to have paid bribes to officials in Malaysia to obtain or retain a telecommunications contract worth US$85mil (RM263mil) several years ago.

Subsequently, TM set up a task force to investigate the alleged improper payments from Alcatel-Lucent to its staff regarding bids for the then Celcom Bhd's 3G mobile services.

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