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ABUSE OF POWER: Noor Mohamed Khan convicted of abetting his wife in accepting bribe, couple also fined RM2.5m

SHAH ALAM:  A FORMER deputy director of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and his wife were yesterday sentenced to five and four years' jail respectively and fined a whopping RM2.5 million for graft.

Sessions Court judge M. Bakri Abd Majid found Noor Mohamed Khan Mohamed Mastan, 40, and Suraya Hani Ahmad Zaki, 33, an accounts manager at a private firm, guilty after a full trial.

Noor Mohamed Khan was convicted of abetting his wife in accepting a bribe of RM250,000 from Siaga Informatics Sdn Bhd's chief operating officer, Mohd Shukri Othman.

The bribe was an inducement to help Siaga Informatics (a company supplying forensics equipment) to obtain a letter of award for a "tender for designing, implementing, testing and commissioning of MCMC's digital forensics laboratory".

The offence was committed at Siaga Informatics, Suite 2-6, Level 6, Jalan USJ 9/5T, Subang Business Centre in Subang Jaya at 10.25am on March 14, last year.

Bakri said Noor Mohamed Khan had gotten his wife involved in committing the offence.

"He was a civil servant and should be providing his service without hoping for a reward," said the judge.

"The court has to mete out a higher sentence on you (Noor Mohamed Khan) because I find that you were the mastermind in this whole offence."

Bakri sentenced Noor Mohamed Khan to five years' jail and fined him RM1.25 million in default, one year jail, while Suraya Hani was sentenced to four years' jail. Bakri also fined her RM1.25 million in default, one year jail.

The court, however, allowed the couple a stay of execution pending appeal on the jail term but ordered that the fine be paid.

He increased their bail from RM15,000 to RM30,000 each, in one surety.

Earlier in mitigation, counsel Nasir Aziz, who represented the couple, pleaded for leniency as Noor Mohamed Khan was supporting his eight children from his first wife.

DPP Wong Poi Yoke from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, however, pressed for a deterrent sentence as the couple had damaged the image of MCMC.

"The aim of this project was to set up a forensic laboratory to investigate cases. Noor Mohamed Khan was the then deputy director and had misused his position to obtain confidential information on the tender without the knowledge of MCMC panel members," she said.

Former deputy director of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Noor Mohamed Khan Mohamed Mastan and his wife Suraya Hani Ahmad Zaki at the Shah Alam Sessions Court yesterday. Pic by Intan Nur Elliana Zakaria


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