An Umno division leader was sentenced to a total of 44 years in jail and fined RM977,560 by the Sessions Court here today after he was found guilty of 10 counts of bribery, involving RM193,512, between May 2006 and March 2007.
However, Abd Ghani ismail, 46, who is Pandan Umno division leader, would have to serve only eight years in jail as judge Rozilah Salleh ordered part of the jail sentence to be served concurrently.
In the judgment, Rozilah said the defence by the accused was an afterthought and a mere denial.
“The explanation by the accused in his defence was not consistent,” she added.
She also refused Abd Ghani’s request for a stay of the sentence, following an objection by the prosecution, represented by deputy public prosecutor Roziza Sidek of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) that there were no grounds for the court to allow the stay.
Abd Ghani, who is Pandan Umno division leader, was sentenced to five years’ jail and fined RM120,945 on the first count for soliciting a bribe of RM24,189 from a contractor, Abdul Rahman Yaacob (now deceased).
The bribe was as an inducement for helping Abdul Rahman to secure the tender for solid waste collection service at Taman Lembah Maju and Taman Kencana, as well as the tender for cleaning work at Pandan Cahaya, from the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).
The offence was committed at Restoran Islah Tomyam, Jalan 5/76B, Desa Pandan here at about 9pm on August 4, 2006.
On the second and third counts, for accepting bribes, totalling RM24,189, also from Abdul Rahman, he was sentenced to three years’ jail each and fined a total of RM120,945.
Abd Ghani was sentenced to five years’ jail each and fined a total of RM725,670 on the fourth to the ninth charge for accepting bribes, totalling RM725,670 from Abdul Rahman.
For the second to the ninth charge, Abd Ghani was charged with committing the offence in front of Block E 15, Jalan 4/76B, Desa Pandan here between October 20, 2006 and March 31, 2007.
Rozilah ordered Abd Ghani to serve the jail sentences for the first nine charges concurrently.
On 10th count, Abd Ghani was sentenced to three years’ jail and fined RM10,000 for accepting a bribe in the form of an appointment of Syarikat Lembah Rimbun, in which he had interest, as the sub-contractor to Dwisakti Mewah Sdn Bhd.
The appointment of the company was an inducement for him to help Dwisakti Mewah Sdn Bhd to secure the tender for solid waste disposal works in Bandar Pandan Indah from MPAJ.
The offence was committed at No. 27, Jalan Pandan 7, Pandan Jaya on May 1, 2006.
Earlier, while Rozillah was reading her judgment, Abd Ghani fainted in the dock and this prompted the court to adjourn proceedings for about 15 minutes.
Abd Ghani was represented by lawyer Md Yunos Shariff. — Bernama
Tip of the iceberg! There are MANY UMNO Warlords out there taken A LOT MORE MONEY from people in the pretext of getting CONTRACT?? Typical of Najib or UMNO's " Lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu policy"!!
small fish. khir toyo still free and the case is.postponed again.and.again..No one is convinced the government is serious in fighting corruption if the "whales of East Malaysia" are still swimming free.
Let's all of us work together to pull down the CORRUPTED big tree before it falls and kills ourselves !!