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Former deputy DG slapped with more graft charges

Updated 14 Nov 2008, 7:21pm

PETALING JAYA, 14 Nov 2008: Former Immigration deputy director-general Yusof Abu Bakar, who faces 13 counts of corruption, was slapped with another charge in the Sessions Court here today, this time for accepting a RM5,000 bribe.

Yusof, 54, pleaded not guilty to accepting RM5,000 from sales manager Khoo Nee Boon as an inducement to approve the visit pass of a Chinese national.

The offence was allegedly committed in front of the McDonalds Drive Thru at the Mobil station along KL-Seremban highway, Petaling, between 4.30pm and 5pm on 14 June.

 If convicted, he could be jailed up to 20 years and fined RM10,000 or five times the amount of graft involved, whichever is higher.

This is the third time that he is charged. On 14 Oct he was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court with nine counts of accepting bribes totalling RM82,500 while this morning he pleaded not guilty in the Klang Sessions Court to four more involving a total of RM36,500.

Deputy public prosecutor from the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) Ng Siew Wee asked for a joint trial of this case with the other cases in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.

Judge Balqis Aini Mohd Ali will give her decision on 22 Dec. She allowed bail of RM1,000 with one surety.

Yusof was represented by counsel V.K Sharma. — Bernama


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