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Langkawi fire station head jailed, fined for corruption

ALOR SETAR: The Sessions Court here has sentenced a fire and rescue station head to 40 months’ jail and RM60,000 fine for two counts of corruption.

Judge Zanol Rashid Hussain handed down the sentence on Yaakob Hassan (pic), 49.

The judge had found Yaakob guilty of the offences on March 8, but fixed Tuesday for sentencing as Yaakob was then detained under the Prevention of Crime Act.

He sentenced Yaakob to 20 months’ jail and RM50,000 fine, or 10 months’ jail in default, for the first offence, and 20 months’ jail and RM10,000 fine, or two months’ jail in default, for the second offence, to be served concurrently from Tuesday.

However, Zanol Rashid allowed a stay of the sentence pending an appeal, but ordered Yaakob to pay the fine on Tuesday.

For the first count, Yaakob was charged with soliciting bribes of RM10,000 through a telephone call to an individual which was made at 7.46pm on Oct 13, 2012.

The money was as an inducement for Yaakob to help close a police investigation in connection with the arrest of another person.

The second count was for accepting RM2,000 from the individual for the same purpose in a room at the fire and rescue station at Jalan Kasap, Langkawi, at 3pm on Oct 14, 2012.

Both the charges were made under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years and fine of not less than five times the amount of bribe involved, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

The prosecution was led by deputy public prosecutor from MACC, A Hafiizh Abu Bakar, while Paramjit Singh represented Yaakob. – Bernama

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