Friday, December 13

Two immigration officers charged with graft

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KUALA LUMPUR: Two Putrajaya women immigration officers pleaded not guilty in two magistrates’ courts here yesterday to agreeing to accept bribes from a company director three years ago.

CORRUPTION CHARGES: Salmiza (right) and Norhayati (left) being led to the magistrates’ court. — Bernama photo

CORRUPTION CHARGES: Salmiza (right) and Norhayati (left) being led to the magistrates’ court. — Bernama photo

Assistant superintendent of the Putrajaya immigration department Norhayati Omar, 38, is alleged to have agreed to accept three return air tickets to Singapore and a Sony HTS home theatre set from Quest Argotech (M) Sdn Bhd director Anil Kumar Chigurupathi without consideration, knowing that it was related to her duties in approving the work passes of foreign workers.

She is alleged to have committed the offence at the KL International Airport on May 6, 2006.

Magistrate Nor Azah Kasran allowed bail of RM4,500 with one surety and fixed Feb 2 for mention.

Meanwhile, in another magistrates’ court, Salmiza Man, 35, was charged with agreeing to accept a deposit for a car in the form of a cheque for RM18,071 from Anil Kumar, through S Ramadess, 53, which was related to her duties as an immigration officer.

She allegedly committed the offence at the Quest Argotech (M) Sdn Bhd office at Menara KLH in Jalan Kasipillay, Jalan Ipoh, here on May 10, 2006.

Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim allowed bail of RM3,000 with one surety and fixed Feb 2 for mention.

Both women were charged under section 165 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum two years jail, a fine or both. — Bernama