Ex-Immigration No 2 gets total 56 years for graft


By NURBAITI HAMDAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Immigration deputy director-general Yusof Abu Bakar has been jailed a total of 56 years and fined a total of RM620,000 by a Sessions Court.

Judge Abu Bakar Katar, however, ordered the sentences on 14 bribery charges to run concurrently. Thus, Yusof will be required to serve only six years. The judge allowed an application by Yusof’s counsel for a stay pending appeal to the High Court.

Last Thursday, Yusof was found guilty of the charges involving RM121,500 over the approval of visit passes of Chinese nationals two years ago. He allegedly received the money from a sales manager between March 21 and June 25, 2008.

The offences were committed at his office in Putrajaya, at a hotel in Jalan Bukit Bintang and at the Caltex petrol station in Jalan Pudu. All the charges were under Section 11 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 and punishable under Section 16 of the same act.

Abu Bakar had imposed the lowest jail term at two years and the highest at six years and the lowest fine at RM10,000 and the highest at RM92,000 for the 14 charges.

Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Sophian Zakaria of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) objected to the application for a stay of execution, saying the defence had failed to show any special circumstances in the oral application.

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