SEREMBAN: A former Port Dickson assistant district officer and a contractor were jailed 14 days and fined RM20,000 each by a Sessions Court here for two counts of soliciting and accepting bribes.
Nor Hamran Hussein, 42, and Amran Samad, 33, were found guilty of soliciting RM10,000 from Ng Tian Yu and Shaharuddin Salleh at about noon on Dec 17, 1999, near the Port Dickson Land and District Office to expedite the application to transfer ownership of a piece of land in Mukim Pasir Panjang, Port Dickson.
They were charged under Section 10(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.
Nor Hamran was also found guilty of a second charge of accepting a bribe of RM3,000 from Ng on March 20, 2000, at about 12.20pm at the Port Dickson Land and District Office to expedite the application to transfer land ownership of the same plot.
He was charged under Section 11(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act, punishable under Section 16 of the same Act.
Amran was also found guilty of accepting a RM1,000 bribe from Shaharuddin.
Amran was charged under the same Act for committing the offence at about 11.40am on Dec 18, 1999, at the same place to expedite the transfer of the same plot of land.
Sessions judge Supiah Meon sentenced both accused to 14 days' jail and a fine of RM10,000 for each offence, but ordered the jail terms to run concurrently from yesterday.
The offences committed by both accused are serious and the punishment meted out are to be served as a deterrent to them as well as others, she said.
Defence counsel R. Kesavan and Paul Raj applied to the court for a stay of execution on the jail term pending an appeal at the High Court and also to pay the fines in instalments.
Supiah allowed both applications but ordered the accused to be released on bail with one surety and to pay the first instalment yesterday.