Former Sessions Court judge jailed, fined for corruption

SHAH ALAM: A former Sessions Court judge was jailed for six months and fined RM25,000 in default after being convicted for corruption.

Sessions judge Rasyihah Ghazali handed down the sentence on Azmil Muntapha Abas, 48, formerly a judge at the Kuala Kubu Baru Sessions Court, after ruling that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.

However, the court allowed a stay of execution of the sentence pending an appeal to the High Court but doubled the bail amount to RM12,000 and ordered the notice of appeal to be filed by tomorrow.

In his capacity as a Sessions Court judge, Azmil Muntapha was charged with having obtained RM5,000 for himself without consideration from a person whom he knew had a connection with his official function involving the court proceedings of six accused criminal cases.

The six, Chin Yat Soong, Yap Chiew Tat, Chin See Shak, Pang Kooi Fook, Yap Swee Ming and Chin Chee Keong, who were charged under Section 9 of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953 (Act 289), were fined by Azmil Muntapha for the offence. — Bernama

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