ALOR SETAR: Two contractors were acquitted of three separate counts of corruption and abetment involving RM135,000 at the Sessions Court here.
Sessions judge Zanol Rashid Hussain ordered Nor Azamuddin Ahmad, 48, and Farid Idris Khan, 37, to be released Sunday, saying that the defence had successfully cast a reasonable doubt in the case.
The two accused were separately charged with committing the offences on May 4, June 6 and July 2, 2014.
Nor Azamuddin was alleged to have received RM45,000 on each occasion from Datuk Noridan Spee Yee.
This was allegedly to help Noridan, the proprietor of DCT Bakery Sdn Bhd, to obtain a quota of 100 metric tonnes of ST15 grade rice for May, June and July 2014, from the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.
Farid was charged with abetting Nor Azamuddin in committing the offences.
The offences under Section 16 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, carry a jail sentence of up to 20 years, fine of not less than five times the total value of the bribe, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
State MACC Deputy Public Prosecutor A. Hafiizh Abu Bakar prosecuted while both accused were represented by C.P. Ang.