SHAH ALAM: Three men, including the coroner who conducted the Teoh Beng Hock inquest in 2009, were charged with graft at the special corruption court here.
Lawyer Noor Amirul Nazreen Anas, 31, former Kuala Kubu Baru Court DPP Khairul Azhwa Yusrie Mohamad, 32, and former Sessions Court judge Azmil Muntapha Abas, 45, were charged under Section 16 (a) (B) Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
All three claimed trial. The alleged crime is punishable under Sub-Section 24 (1) of the same Act.
The trio are accused of allegedly soliciting for themselves a bribe of RM17,500 from one Wong Chiew Hoong on July 17,2019, at the Kuala Kubu Baru Sessions Court.
The payment was allegedly an inducement for Azmil Muntapha to impose a fine on seven illegal immigrants – six Indonesians and one Myanmar national – who had breached Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.
If found guilty, Noor Amirul, Khairul Azhwa and Azmil Muntapha will be jailed for not more than 20 years and fined five times the bribe amount or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Azmil Muntapha is now a legal officer at the Putrajaya Court Complex while Khairul Azhwa is now stationed at the Attorney General’s Chambers.
(Azmil Muntapha was a magistrate at the Shah Alam court when he conducted the inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock. Teoh, who worked for the then Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead after being interrogated overnight at the Selangor MACC office.)
Azmil Muntapha also faces another charge and an additional alternative charge.
In the second charge, he is accused of accepting RM5,000 deposited into his Maybank account from one Soo Seng Kok which was first obtained through Zumairi Othman and subsequently through Ahmad Feisal Mohd Azmi on May 10,2018, at the Meru Maybank branch.
The alleged inducement was in regard to criminal proceedings involving six individuals, Chin Yat Soong, Yap Chiew Tat, Chin See Shak, Pang Kooi Fook, Yap Swee Ming and Chin Chee Keong.
The six allegedly committed offences under the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.
Azmil Muntapha is accused of breaching Sub-section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009, which is punishable under Sub-section 24 (1) of the same Act.
If found guilty, the former Sessions judge will be jailed for not more than 20 years and fined five times more than the graft amount or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Azmil Muntapha also faced an alternative charge for the same offence under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term of up to two years or fine or both.
He claimed trial to both charges.
Judge Rozilah Salleh fixed bail at RM12,000 in one surety for the first case involving Noor Amirul, Khairul Azhwa and Azmil Muntapha.
She also ordered the three to surrender their passports to the court. She fixed Dec 16 for re-mention.
MACC legal and prosecution department director Roslan Mat Nor and MACC DPP Allan Suman Pillai prosecuted, while Noor Amirul was defended by Shahidah Muslimah Roslan dan Noorhidayah Mohd Saad.
Khairul Azhwa was represented by Zulkepli Omar and Nur Fathin Muhammad Zain, while Azmil Muntapha was represented by Gregory Santiago, A. Sheelan, Ridha Abdah Subri and Jagesh M. Lingam.