Wednesday, November 4, 2009

MP faces eight charges of corruption

Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:14

SHAH ALAM - Sabak Bernam MP Abdul Rahman Bakri faces eight charges of corruption. He was among six politicians nabbed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for alleged graft.

Abdul Rahman pleaded not guilty to the eight counts of making claims for events that never took place.
His assistant, Rosli Busro, was also charged with abetting his superior on the same eight charges.
Meanwhile, Yap Soo Sun, former Teratai assemblyman, was charged with seven counts under section 11 (c) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 of making claims for events that never took place in four different locations.
Yap’s assistant, Mohd Firdaus Abdul, was also slapped with seven charges of conspiring with his boss in making false claims for community events that never took place.
Also in court was Wong Chuan How (pic, top right), an aide to Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu, who was charged with two counts of misappropriating funds.
In the docks as part of the anti-graft crackdown was also Yahaya Saari (pic, bottom right), a former aide to Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.
Yahya was charged with misleading Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd chairman Abdul Karim Munisar into giving him RM50,000 to organise an event to celebrate Pakatan Rakyat’s 100 days in office.
He was also charged with using fake documents to open a bank account for Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

Supporters gather outside courthouse

A crowd of about 100 people – supporters from both sides of the political divide – gathered outside the court. Abdul Rahman’s counsel Salehuddin Saidin pleaded the court for a low bail, saying it would ease the burden for his client. He asked for RM8,000 to be set as bail for all eight charges.
The court set bail at RM30,000 and fixed Dec 14 for mention
Rosli pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at RM9,000 in one surety. His trial is set for April 26 to May 7 next year.
Yap pleaded not guilty to the seven charges against him.
Bail was set at RM25,000 with one surety while his trial has been set from May 3 to May 7.
Mohd Firdaus also pleaded not guilty. The set bail at RM8,000 for Mohd Firdaus with one surety.
Wong claimed trial to misappropriating RM2,500 and RM5,000.
The court fixed bail at RM5, 000 and set March 29 to April 2 for the case to be heard.

Counsel asked for lower bail

Counsel Salim Bashir requested the court to impose a lower bail as the accused was middle-aged and had health problems.
He added Wong did not receive any remuneration for working for Liu and only received payment for his appointment as a Sepang municipal councillor.
Yahaya claimed trial to the two charges of misleading Abdul Karim into giving him RM50,000 for a planned Pakatan celebration and using fake documents to open a bank account for PKR.    
The court fixed bail at RM10,000 and set the trial from April 19 to 23

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