Ex-minister’s former aide begins 2-year jail term for corruption

Ex-minister’s former aide begins 2-year jail term for corruption

Ex-minister’s former aide begins 2-year jail term for corruption

PUTRAJAYA: A former personal assistant to a minister will begin his two-year jail term after failing in his final appeal to set aside his conviction for demanding favours from a company director who applied for a bus permit about 20 years ago.

A three-member Court of Appeal bench chaired by Hanipah Farikullah said there was no reason for them to disturb the findings of the High Court which affirmed the sessions court’s conviction and sentence against Eswadi Abd Rahim.

he other judges on the panel were Ahmad Nasfy Yasin and Mariana Yahya.

Eswadi, 50, who is also a former Mara officer, was seconded as a personal assistant to then entrepreneur development minister Nazri Aziz.

Eswadi, who was on bail pending the outcome of his appeal, was also fined RM40,000, or 12 months’ jail in default.

He had claimed trial to two charges in 2008 of receiving gratification as an inducement to assist an individual, Chin Ah Lek, to obtain bus permits for Syarikat Azamat Hati Sdn Bhd in Ipoh from the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, and for Chin to name his father, Abdul Rahim Ismail, as a director of Syarikat Azamat.

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The offence was alleged to have been committed in December 2002.

The trial court sentenced Eswadi to two years’ jail and fined him RM10,000, or an additional six months’ imprisonment in default, on March 25, 2016.

He was also found guilty of receiving a RM6,000 bribe deposited in his account in Ipoh on Jan 17, 2003. For that, he was jailed another two years and fined RM30,000, or another six months’ jail in default.

The jail terms are to run concurrently, meaning that Eswadi will serve two years only. The High Court in Ipoh affirmed the sentence on Dec 21, 2017.

He was charged under Section 10(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997, which was later replaced by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

The offence is punishable under Section 16 of the MACC Act with a jail term of between 14 days and 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Deputy public prosecutor Nahra Dollah prosecuted, and Shahrudin Ali appeared for Eswadi.

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Ex-minister’s former aide begins 2-year jail term for corruption


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