Hamzah’s ex-aide charged with receiving RM350,000 bribe

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024

KUALA LUMPUR: A former political secretary to former home minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin has been charged at the Sessions Court here over two counts of graft involving RM350,000 linked to a maintenance and spare parts supply tender for the police force.

The accused, Sayed Amir Muzzakkir Al Sayed Mohamad, 42, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi here on Thursday (May 23).

According to the charge sheets, the accused allegedly accepted RM100,000 and RM250,000 from Syarikat Nexuscorp Group Sdn Bhd managing director Wan Azhar Mohamed Yusof in two separate occasions at the office of Yayasan Tanah Aku, Solaris Dutamas at 4pm on Dec 4, 2020, and 3.30pm on Dec 16, respectively.

The monies was said to be an inducement for the accused to help the company obtain the tender to maintain and to supply the spare parts for the infrastructure, server, software and RMPNET radio system for the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), worth RM381,112,042.44.

The charges were framed under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act.

The accused faces a maximum 20 years' imprisonment and fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if he was convicted.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Zander Lim offered bail at RM100,000 in one surety.

He also asked the court to impose an additional condition on the accused; for the accused to report himself to the MACC office monthly, to surrender his passport to the court and to not harass the victims especially Wan Azhar until the disposal of the case.

"The accused will be charged at the Shah Alam court tomorrow.

"The risk for the accused to abscond is still there," Lim said.

Lawyer Md Yunos Shariff, who represented Sayed Amir, asked for a RM40,000 bail.

He said the accused agreed to all the additional conditions.

"Bail is to ensure attendance. There is no risk of absconding as the accused has had his assets seized by the MACC.

"My client has also given full cooperation during the investigation in January," he said.

Azura fixed bail at RM60,000 in one surety and imposed all the additional conditions.

The case is fixed for mention on July 12.

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