TAWAU: Two Umno members who gave false information to Bukit Aman, that top Sabah police officers were involved in illegal gaming syndicates, were fined RM1,800 each by the magistrate’s court here yesterday.
Tawau division Youth committee member Said Hassan Said Idrus and party member Abdul Jalil Ayed pleaded guilty to providing false information with the intent of causing a public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person.
Jalil and Hassan admitted to Magistrate Zaini Fisher to having faxed a letter titled Judi Haram Di Tawau (Illegal Gambling in Tawau) to Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Salleh Mat Som.
The letter dated Dec 24 last year alleged that the Sabah Police Commissioner and senior Tawau police officers knew of illegal gambling activities in the district but did not act against them as they allegedly received kickbacks from slot machine syndicates.
Deputy Supt Khairi Abrasa lodged a police report at the Tanjung Aru police station in Kota Kinabalu on Jan 31, 2003 after reading the letter.
Prosecuting officer C/Insp Habebah Abu Bakar told the court that the offence was committed at 10.30am on Dec 24, last year at the 7th floor of the Tawau Umno division office at Jalan Dunlop.
Investigations showed that the letter was typed and printed using a computer from the Tawau Umno office and was signed by Jalil, who signed it as Abdullah Kassim.
The offence provides for a maximum jail term of six months, a fine of up to RM2,000, or both, upon conviction.
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