SEREMBAN: A 34-year-old Immigration officer was fined RM40,000 after he pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court here to two charges of accepting RM2,100 in bribes from an individual.
Judge Madihah Harullah also ordered Mohd Shah Ezywan Abd Rahman to serve 30 days in jail for each offence. However, he needs only to serve them concurrently.
She also ordered that several vehicles, jewellery, designer items and cash in bank accounts worth some RM1.2mil be forfeited.
Among these were a Subaru Impreza, Honda Civic E-EK2, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, Toyota Supra and Louis Vuitton, Coach, Christian Dior and Celine designer bags.
On Jan 26, the accused claimed trial to eight charges under Section 165 of the Penal Code for accepting bribes totalling RM885,950 and another four under section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Act 2001.
However, when the case came up for re-mention yesterday, Mohd Shah Ezywan pleaded guilty to two charges under Section 165 of the Penal Code which provides a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both, upon conviction.
Ten other charges, including all four for money laundering, were dropped by the prosecution.
For the first, he was charged with accepting RM1,200 from Ong Bok Hay at a bank in Nilai although he knew that the latter had interest in his official work as an Immigration officer. He committed the offence on July 7,2019.
For the second, he was accused of accepting RM900 from the same person between March 22,2020 and May 19,2020.
The accused was represented by Datuk Salehuddin Saidin.