3 Senior MAF officers including retiree charged over RM3.5 mil corruption

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One of the three senior officer from the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) Lieutenant General (R) Datuk Sheikh Mokhsin Sheikh Hassan is escorted to be bailed at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court over the charges of instigating and accepting gratification over several projects involving the Ministry of Defence. PIX: AFIQ HAMBALI / MalaysiaGazette / 27 OCTOBER 2020.
One of the three senior officer from the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) Lieutenant General (R) Datuk Sheikh Mokhsin Sheikh Hassan is escorted to be bailed at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court over the charges of instigating and accepting gratification over several projects involving the Ministry of Defence.PIX: AFIQ HAMBALI / MalaysiaGazette / 27 OCTOBER 2020.

By Kumara Sabapatty

KUALA LUMPUR – Three senior officers of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) with the rank of Colonel, Brigadier General and a Lieutenant General (Retired) were charged with agreeing, instigating and accepting RM3.5 million in bribery at the Criminal Sessions Court 11 today.

The three accused are Colonel Che Ahmad Idris, 54, who was facing five counts of charges of requesting, agreeing to accept and accepting bribery; Brigadier General Mohammed Feizol Anuar Ayob, 50, who was charged with five counts of accepting bribery and Lieutenant General (R) Sheikh Mokhsin Sheikh Hassan, 59, who was charged with seven counts of accepting bribery.

The charges were read to them separately before Sessions Court Judge Datin Sabariah Othman. The trio pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

The first accused, Che Ahmad Idris was charged with instigating and agreeing to accept bribery amounting to RM1 million and three counts of accepting bribery amounting to RM105,000 between September 2019 and 7 April 2020 at No.7, Jalan Pahlawan 1/2. Tun Osman Jewa Housing Complex, Ministry of Defence, Jalan Padang Tembak, Kuala Lumpur from the Managing Director or Syarikat FEHM Entity Sdn. Bhd., Elias Jemadi Tajuddin as an inducement to use his position as a civil servant or the Division Chief of Strategic Cyber Warfare, Defence Intelligence Staff Division, Ministry of Defence to appoint FEHM Entity in a direct negotiation for the Maintenance Service contract of his division.

The second accused, Brigadier General Mohammed Feizol was charged with five counts of accepting bribery amounting to RM128,000 between 30 October 2019 until 24 June 2020. He was charged for committing the offence at four different locations at the parking lot of Khalid Al-Walid Mosque, Ministry of Defence, Jalan Padang Tembak at Kampung Dato Keramat, the parking lot of Dorsett Residences Sri Hartamas at No.60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Taman Sri Hartamas, in front of FEHM Entity Sdn. Bhd. office at No 70, Jalan 24/27A, Wangsa Maju and No.9, Persiaran Bukit Melawati , Bukit Melawati Kuala Lumpur.

He was charged with accepting the bribes from the Managing Director of FEHM Entity Sdn.Bhd., Elias Jemadi Tajudin as an inducement to submit the letter of intent dated 5 September 2018 to be the strategic partner and maintenance contractor to the ministry to the then Minister of Defence, Mohamad Sabu. He was also charged with two counts of accepting bribery through Elias’s daughter, Nurin Nazwa Elias Jemadi, as the assistant manager of the company and through the executive director of the company Hishamuddin Johari by using his position as a civil servant and the then Military Advisor to the Minister of Defence.

Meanwhile, the third accused, veteran Datuk Sheikh Mokhsin Sheikh Hassan was charged with seven counts of accepting cash amounting to RM2.26 million between 20 June 2019 and 20 June 2020.

In the first two charges, he was charged with accepting bribery and agreeing to accept bribes in cash amounting to RM2 million. He was also charged with four counts of accepting RM226,000 as an inducement from Elias Jemadi Tajudin.

He was accused with committing all six offences at three different locations at the Havana Club, Hotel Concorde, Kuala Lumpur; Hairdoc Medical Publika, Solaris Dutamas, and the office of the Director-General of Defence Intelligence, Defence Staff Intelligence Division, Ministry of Defence at Jalan Padang Tembak.

According to the six charges, the early retiree with a monthly pension of RM13,000 was charged with abusing his position as a civil servant or the Director-General of Defence Intelligence, Defence Staff Intelligence Division at Ministry of Defence to accept inducement to approve the proposal by FEHM Entity Sdn Bhd by appointing the company through direct negotiation for the Maintenance Service for the Defence Intelligence Staff Division.

Read separately, on the seventh count, he was charged with abusing his position and accepted bribery in cash amounting to RM50,000 from Syed Omar Syed Mohamad, 47 as the reward for appointing Malvus Sense Sdn. Bhd to acquire the procurement for the supply, delivery, training and commissioning of 2 JOUAV Cw-15D VTOL Fixed Wing Medium Range UAV systems to the Defence Intelligence Staff Division of the Ministry of Defence on 26 June 2020 around 2.30pm at his office.

The trio were charged for committing the offence under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) 2009 Act (Act 695) and could be punishable under Section 24(1) of the similar act. They are facing a maximum of 20 years in prison, or a RM10,000 fine or not less than five times of the amount received, whichever is higher.

Judge Sabariah allowed bail of RM80,000 on Che Ahmad Idris, RM60,000 on Mohammed Feizol and RM110,000 on Sheikh Mokhsin and fixed 27 November for the mention of the case.

All three accused were also required to surrender their passports to the court and report to their nearest MACC office on a monthly basis until the case is resolved. –MalaysiaGazette

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