Three charged with receiving bribes in connection with Mindef contract

KUALA LUMPUR: Three men, including a retired high-ranking army officer from the Defence Ministry (Mindef), have been charged at the Sessions Court here with corruption totalling more than half a million ringgit in connection with a maintenance contract.

Lt Kol Che Ahmad Idris, 54; Brig Jen Mohammed Feizol Anuar Ayob, 50; and Lt. Jen (R) Datuk Sheikh Mokhsin Sheikh Hassan, 59, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out, separately, before Sessions Court judge Sabariah Othman here on Tuesday (Oct 27).

Che Ahmad, who was the chief of strategic cyber warfare, was slapped with five counts of bribery.

He was charged with one count of soliciting RM500,000 and a second count of agreeing to receive the sum from FEHM Entity Sdn Bhd managing director Elias Jemadi Tajudin as an inducement for him to recommend FEHM be appointed for the maintenance of the ministry's intelligence system through direct negotiations.

For the third until fifth charges, Che Ahmad allegedly received RM50,000, RM30,000 and RM25,000 from Elias for the same purpose.

The offences were allegedly committed between September 2019 and April 7.

Feizol, who was charged in his then capacity as the army adviser to the Defence Minister, also faces five charges.

He was accused of corruptly receiving RM10,000, RM50,000, RM30,000, RM20,000 and RM18,000 from Elias between Oct 30,2009 and June 24.

The monies were said to be an inducement for Feizol to hand over a letter of intent dated Sept 5,2018 from FEHM to Mindef on a strategic partnership for the maintenance of the ministry's intelligence system.

Meanwhile, former defence intelligence director-general Sheikh Mokhsin was accused of seven counts of corruption.

In the first and second charges, he is accused of soliciting and corruptly agreeing to receive RM1mil from Elias as an inducement for him to approve the recommendation of appointing FEHM through direct negotiations for the maintenance of the ministry's intelligence system.

In the third to sixth charge, Sheikh Mokhsin is said to have corruptly received RM70,000, RM26,000, RM100,000, RM70,000, from Elias for the same purpose.

All of the offences were said to have been committed at Havana Club in Concorde Hotel, an office in Mindef and HairDoc Medical Publika between June 20,2019 and June 5.

In a separate case, Sheikh Mokhsin also faced a seventh charge of receiving RM50,000 from one Syed Omar Syed Mohamad as a reward for appointing Malvus Sense Sdn Bhd for the procurement, supply, delivery, training and certification of a system in the Mindef.

The offence is said to have been committed at Mindef at 2.30pm on June 26.

The charges were framed under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 which carry imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutors Muhammad Asraf Mohamed Tahir and Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Abd Rahman offered RM100,000 bail in one surety for each of the accused, while deputy public prosecutor Siti Noor Hafizan Zakaria asked for an additional RM20,000 in one surety for Sheikh Mokhsin for the charge involving Malvus Sense.

The court allowed RM80,000 bail in one surety for Che Ahmad, RM60,000 for Feizol and RM110,000 for Sheikh Mokhsin.

They were also ordered to surrender their passports to the court.

The case is fixed for mention on Nov 27.

Lawyers Gooi Soon Seng, Azrul Zulkifli Stork and P.G. Cyril represented Che Ahmad, Feizol and Sheikh Mokhsin, respectively.

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