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Former Immigration deputy director-general charged with graft

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Oct 2008: Former Immigration deputy director-general 1 Yusof Abu Bakar pleaded not guilty in the Session’s Court here today to nine counts of accepting bribes totalling RM82,500 to approve extension of visit passes for Chinese nationals in the country.

Yusof, 54, is alleged to have accepted bribes of between RM500 and RM18,500 at every transaction from a sales manager as an inducement to extend the visit passes of the Chinese visitors.

The offences were alleged to have been committed at his office at the Control Division, Level 7, Malaysian Immigration Department in Putrajaya, and at the Federal Hotel in Jalan Bukit Bintang and the Caltex petrol station in Jalan Pudu, both in Kuala Lumpur, between 21 March and 25 June this year.

Judge Mohamad Sekeri Mamat set bail at RM50,000 in two sureties and ordered Yusof to surrender his passport to the court.

He also allowed an application by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Josiendra Abu Senin to bar the media from publishing the name of the sales manager involved in the case.

The case was fixed for mention on 15 Dec.

Yusof, who posted the bail, is expected to face five similar charges at the Petaling Jaya and Klang Session’s Courts soon. — Bernama



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