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Malaysian hotel staff charged for bribery

Malaysian hotel staff, disguised as immigration officer, charged for bribery

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According to Utusan Online, a Malaysian hotel staff, Zamri Che Rose (aged 52), has been charged in the Sessions Court to three counts of corruption. He pleaded guilty to all the charges read to him, by an interpreter, before Judge Nabisha Ibrahim.

For the first charge, Rose had allegedly phoned the owner of the company, Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar on 11 January, suggesting that he is able to not take actions against the owner for hiring foreign workers without permits for a bribe of RM2,000.

As for the second charge, the accused allegedly tried to receive a RM2,000 bribe from the company manager, Amir Mansor, in front of nearby C-Mart supermarket on the same day.

For the third charge, Zamri was charged for deceiving Mansor by posing as an immigration official named Kamarulzaman Idrus to solicit bribes for the aforementioned reasons.

For the first and second charges under Section 16 (a) (A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, Rose is punishable under Section 24 of the same act, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of five times the bribe or RM10,000; whichever is higher.

The third charge was stated by deputy public prosecutor from MACC, Abu Bakar A. Hafiizh under Section 419 of the Penal Code which provides for imprisonment of up to seven years or a fine or both.

The court had set 24 January for sentencing, with the accused allowed bail of RM18,000 with one guarantor for all three charges.

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