Two senior military officers claim trial for corruption

SHAH ALAM: Two senior military officers claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to corruption charges on Wednesday (Oct 28).

Brig-Jen Mohammed Feizol Anuar Ayob, 50, and Lt. Kol Che Ahmad Idris, 54, were charged under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 which is punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act.

Two charges were levelled against Feizol, while Che Ahmad faced one charge.

Feizol, in his then capacity as military adviser to the Defence Minister, is accused of soliciting RM150,000 from one Elias Jemadi Tajudin, who is FEHM Entity managing director as an inducement to submit a letter of intent to the minister, seeking to be a strategic partner and maintenance contractor of intelligence equipment at the Defence Intelligence Staff Division.

He faces a second charge of agreeing to accept the bribe from Elias and committing both offences at an eatery in Setia Alam in September 2019.

Meanwhile, Che Ahmad, who headed the Defence Intelligence Staff Division’s Strategic Cyber Warfare Branch, was charged with accepting £4,500 (RM25,000) from Elias as gratification to recommend FEHM Entity to be appointed for the maintenance of the ministry’s intelligence system through direct negotiations.

If found guilty, both men face a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine not less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000 whichever is higher.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Muhamad Asraf Mohamed Tahir and Nurdihana Rosdi appeared for the prosecution.

Lawyers Asmadi Hussin and Azrul Zulkifli Stork represented Mohammed Feizol while Gooi Soon Seng appeared for Che Ahmad.

Judge Yang Zaimey set bail at RM15,000 for Che Ahmad and RM10,000 for Mohammed Feizol and fixed Nov 30 for case mention.

Prior to this, both army officers were charged on Tuesday (Oct 27) with graft at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.

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