KUALA LUMPUR – Former Chairman of Felda, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad is sentenced to six years in jail for each count of charge and fined RM15.45 million by the High Court after being convicted for nine counts of corruption charges.
Nevertheless, the jail sentence will run concurrently for all nine charges.
The sentence was delivered by High Court Judge, Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali after Isa, 72, was found guilty for nine counts of corruption charges involving RM3 million over the purchase of Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites di Kuching seven years ago.
Mohd Nazlan also decided if the accused fail to pay the fine, the jail sentence would be increased to another 18 years.
The former Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan looked calm in the accused dock and he lowered his head intermittently.
He is found guilty for accepting RM3.09 million from the Director of Gegasan Abadi Properties Sdn. Bhd. (GAPSB), Ikhwan Zaidel.
The gratification in cash was received via his former political aide, Muhammad Zahid Md. Arip in return of him helping to approve the hotel purchase by Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FICSB) at RM160 million.
At the moment, the defence is appealing to delay the jail sentence and fine as they ‘cannot afford’ to pay or to go through the long period of imprisonment. – MalaysiaGazette