Immigration Officer pleads not guilty to 17 corruption charges

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Immigration Officer (KP 19), Mohd. Al-Ridhuan Ahmad Zaini, 35, is escorted by the police to be charged over corruption of receiving RM21,500 at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 11 DECEMBER 2020
Immigration Officer (KP 19), Mohd. Al-Ridhuan Ahmad Zaini, 35, is escorted by the police to be charged over corruption of receiving RM21,500 at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 11 DECEMBER 2020

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – An Immigration Officer pleaded not guilty on 17 charges of accepting bribes over RM20,000 to help release foreigners from Malaysia through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.

The accused, Mohd Al-Ridhuan Ahmad Zaini pleaded not guilty on all charges and claimed trial before Sessions Court Judge, Rozina Ayob.

Ahmad Zaini with KP19 Grade looked calm throughout the proceeding. He was also accompanied by his wife in the court.

According to the charge paper, Mohd Al-Ridhuan was charged for receiving RM23,000 from Nur Amanina Maulad Adnan through Maybank and CIMB Bank accounts to Entitit Maju Enterprise’s Bank Muamalat account owned by his wife, Nur Natasha Andrew.

The payment was made as a return for him in releasing foreigners who had committed offences under the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155) to leave Malaysia through KLIA2 without taking legal actions on them.

He was accused of committing all offences at Jalan Tasik Utama 7, Medan Niaga Tasik Damai, between 25 July and 11 November 2020.

The prosecution on him was carried out according to Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 (Act 694) and is punishable under Section 24(1) of the similar act. Upon conviction, he could face the maximum imprisonment of 20 years, fined five times the value of corruption or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Deputy Public Prosecutor, Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin led the prosecution while the accused was represented by Defence Counsel, Harchanjit Singh.

The court the set bail at RM30,000 with a surety. He must also report himself to the MACC every month, not disturb the witnesses involved in the case and surrender his passport to the court. The case will be mentioned on 12 January next year. –MalaysiaGazette

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