SHAH ALAM: An aide to a former Pakatan Harapan minister was charged at the Sessions Court here for graft on Thursday (Sept 17).
Mohd Saifullah Mohd Minggu @ Mohd Hisham, 29, who was a senior private secretary to former tourism, arts and culture minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, was slapped with six charges at the Sessions Court.
He is accused of soliciting and receiving bribes amounting to RM106,500 from one Ronald Seto Kong Seng who is the owner Syarikat Inter Bev Network Sdn Bhd.
For the first three charges, Mohd Saifullah is accused of receiving bribes amounting to RM90,000 from Seto as remuneration to help secure tenders for creative branding and advertising space from the ministry.
For the remaining three charges, Mohd Saifullah is accused of soliciting RM16,500 from Seto through one Roslan Lahada for deposit payment for the rental of a property at B-36-1, Vipod Residences, No. 6 Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur.
He is accused of committing the offences between Dec 21,2008, and March 30,2019, at several locations such as Temasya Anggun Glenmarie, Shah Alam, Bandar Puteri Puchong AMBank branch, the Burger King outlet in Kota Damansara, and the Petronas station in Dengkil.
Mohd Saifullah claimed trial to all six charges that were read before judge Rozilah Salleh.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) DPP Muhammad Asraf Mohamed Tahir, who prosecuted, asked for the charges to be transferred to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court where the accused had been slapped with 18 charges related to the same allegations last month.
“The key witnesses and documents related to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court would probably all be the same with the witnesses and documents related to this case, ’’ said Muhammad Asraf.
Defence counsel Md Yunos Sharif informed the court that his client had paid a RM200,000 bail, surrendered his passport to the court and had been ordered to report to the nearest MACC office once a month for the 18 previous charges.
He then asked for the RM200,000 bail to be extended to the current six charges.
Rozilah Salleh agreed to transfer the charges to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court as well as extend bail.
The 18 charges at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court are set to be mentioned on Sept 23 where the additional six charges will be re-read again.
Mohd Saifullah had claimed trial to the earlier 18 charges at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Aug 19. He was accused of soliciting and receiving bribes amounting to RM3.1mil from Seto for the ministry’s branding and advertising contracts.
Saifullah’s fiancee Nurfadziana Abdul Kadir, 28, had also claimed trial to a charge of allegedly abetting him in receiving the bribes on Aug 9.
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