Judge 'should not have acquitted ex-DPP'


  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2003

BY CHEN MEI LING

KUALA LUMPUR: A Sessions Court judge was wrong when he acquitted a former Deputy Public Prosecutor attached to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) of having accepted a bribe, the High Court heard yesterday. 

DPP Yaacob Md Sam, who is appealing against Mohd Razib Othman's acquittal, said Mohd Razib had accepted a Philippe Charriol watch from a used-car dealer so that former Paya Jaras assemblyman Datuk Saidin Tamby would not be charged with bribery. 

He said the lower court's judge had failed to appreciate the fact that the watch, worth RM4,215, was given to Mohd Razib with a motive. 

“I submit that the watch was not given to the respondent (Mohd Razib) sincerely but with strings attached. 

“The respondent had, in return, offered his assistance to the used-car dealer by supplying him documents relating to the ACA's investigations against Saidin. 

“Such assistance could be seen in the used-car dealer's testimony where he admitted to having received several documents from the respondent pertaining to Saidin's case. 

“By accepting the watch, the respondent had compromised his position as a public servant, in particular as a DPP,” he added. 

The submissions before Justice Ahmad Maarop will continue on March 26. 

Mohd Razib was freed of the corruption charge by the Sessions Court on June 11, 2001. 

He was, however, jailed two years and fined RM80,000 by the court on July 4, 2001, after he was convicted of having accepted a bribe from one Razif Kamaruddin by staying at the Villa Puteri Codominium, Jalan Tun Ismail, free of charge from May to December 1998 as an inducement to prevent Saidin from being charged in court. 

Mohd Razib is appealing against the conviction and sentence to the High Court. 

On Aug 1 last year, Saidin was jailed one year, fined RM10,000 and told to pay a RM1mil penalty to the Federal Government by the Sessions Court in Shah Alam for corruption.  

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