MIRI: Four businessmen from Pakistan were among five people separately charged at the Sessions Court here today for offering bribes to enforcement officers from the State Immigration Department.
All of the accused comprising operators of shops selling furniture and carpets pleaded not guilty when they were produced before Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong.
The foreigners were identified as Hayat Ullah Said Afzal Khan, Zubair Muhammad Faizal Mahmood, Ashgar Alif Hanif and Asghar Khan, aged between 25 and 40.
The other person charged in the same Court room was Abdulla Mohd Ali, 55, from Miri.
They claimed trial for offering bribes ranging between RM100 and RM500 to immigration officers between Nov 24, 2015 and Apr 28 last year.
They were accused of committing the offence at different locations in Lambir, Permyjaya, Batu Niah and Jalan Miri-Bintulu between 11am and 4.51pm.
The money was an inducement for the enforcement officers from taking actions against the accused and their workers and family members, who had committed offences under the Immigration Act 1959/1963.
All of the accused, who were unrepresented, were charged under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which carries a maximum of 20 years’ in jail and RM10,000 fine or five times the value of the bribe, whichever is higher.
Nixon later set RM6,000 bail with one surety against all the accused. He also fixed March 30 for mention.
MACC prosecuting officers Katherine Nais Ikhwan Mohd Ibrahim and Jamal Ayub prosecuted.