Party leader and two others charged with bribery


  • Nation
  • Friday, 23 Jan 2009

PETALING JAYA: An Umno division vice-chief and two others have been charged with offering bribes during the party division elections last year.

Beruas Umno vice-chairman Azman Noh was charged at the Ipoh Sessions Court while primary school senior assistant Junaidi Abdul Hamid and businessman Johari Ibrahim were charged at the Kuala Lumpur and Malacca Sessions Courts respectively yesterday.

All three pleaded not guilty.

Azman, 42, a contractor, is accused of giving a RM300 bribe during the Beruas division elections to a Davad @ David Parman.

The payment was to ensure that Azman was voted in as the division’s vice-chief. Azman won.

The money was also meant as an inducement for Davad to cast his votes for Abd Manaf Hashim and Azhar Ahmad, who were contesting for the division chief and deputy chief posts respectively.

Azman, who was arrested on Tuesday, is said to have committed the offence at a house in Kampung Sungai Ramai, Manjung, around midnight on Oct 11, 2008.

Judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh fixed bail at RM6,000 with one surety. Hearing was fixed for June 1.

In Kuala Lumpur, Junaidi, a senior assistant at a primary school in Raub, pleaded not guilty to giving RM200 each to two Umno members – Noranizah Abd Hamid and Adnan Samad – as an inducement to vote for Datuk Mustafar Kamal Abdul Hamid for the post of Raub Umno division chief and Datuk Abdullah Bakar as the deputy chief.

He is alleged to have committed both offences at the coffeehouse at the Grand Seasons at 8pm on Sept 13.

Judge Rosbiahanin Arifin fixed bail at RM10,000 and set March 23 to mention the case. She also ordered Junaidi to surrender his passport to the court. A colleague posted bail for Junaidi.

In Malacca, Johari, a 45-year-old businessman, was charged with offering RM200 to Nadiah Roslan as an inducement to vote for Datuk Abdul Kadir Daud for the Alor Gajah division chief’s post.

Johari, from Kampung Baru, Bukit Sedanan, Jasin, is said to have committed the offence at 12pm on Nov 1 at the lobby of the Selandar Industrial Training Centre’s main hall where voting was being held.

Sessions judge Ahmad Kamar Jamaludin set bail at RM5,000 with one surety and fixed May 18 to 20 and May 26 for trial.

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