Guilty of 14 graft charges

A former senior immigration officer was found guilty of 14 bribery charges involving RM121,500. Former Immigration Department deputy director-general I (control division) Yusof Abu Bakar, 56, will be sentenced on Monday. Sessions Court judge Abu Bakar Katar ruled that the prosecution had proven its case against Yusof,56, beyond reasonable doubt.

Pleading for leniency yesterday, his lawyer Mohammed Azmi Mohd Said applied for his client to be released on a good behaviour bond under Section 294 of the Criminal Procedure Code. He asked the court to consider that his client had served the Government for over 30 years and would be retiring in two years’ time.

He added that Yusof had lost his child in a road accident recently and that his client was a diabetic, heart patient and had high blood pressure. Mohammad Azmi asked the court to take into account the fact that Yusof had given his full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission throughout the investigations.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi, however, applied for a deterrent sentence in view of public interest. He said Yusof had ruined the image and reputation of the department through his actions. A total of 15 prosecution witnesses testified, while Yusof gave evidence under oath. He faced 14 counts of approving the extension of social visit passes to Chinese nationals.

He was alleged to have obtained bribes from a senior sales manager and a third party as an inducement to approve the extension of the passes. Yusof was alleged to have committed the offences at various locations here, Petaling Jaya and at his office at Presint 2 in Putrajaya between March 21 and July 7, 2008.    Send article as PDF   

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