2 immigration officers charged with accepting RM154,000 in bribes

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KOTA BHARU: Two Immigration Department officers were charged in the Sessions Court here today with 33 counts of accepting bribes amounting to RM154,340.

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The first accused, Mohamad Hariss Rosli, 27, who was charged with 31 counts of accepting bribes, pleaded guilty to 18 charges and claimed trial to the remaining 13 charges.

The second accused, Fasmawi Ab Wahab, 24, pleaded guilty to two charges made against him.

Hariss, who is attached to the Johor Immigration Department, was charged with 31 counts of obtaining RM152,940 from several individuals.

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He was alleged to have committed the offences at a Maybank Islamic branch here between April 2018 and November 2019.

The charges were framed under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which provides for imprisonment of up to two years or a fine, or both, upon conviction.

Fasmawi, who is also attached to the Johor Immigration Department, was charged with two counts of obtaining RM1,400 from an individual at the Maybank Islamic Bhd branch on Jalan Hulu Pasar in Tumpat, between Feb 26 and March 1, 2019.

Judge Zaman Mohd Noor did not allow the accused bail and set Dec 22 for sentencing.

Deputy public prosecutor Norhamizah Ghazali appeared for the prosecution while the accused were not represented. – FMT

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