SHAH ALAM, 20 Dec – The Shah Alam Sessions Court today sentenced an ex-Selayang Municipal Council President to three years imprisonment and fined RM132,500 for misappropriating the local council’s funds used for the maintenance of his house.

The ex-Council President was charged under Section 15 of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 and was sentenced under Section 16 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009.

The accused, Datuk Bakaruddin Othman, 58, who is currently attached to the Public Services Department as the Diplomatic Administrator Officer, was found guilty of using his position, as the Council President, in receiving gratifications amounting to RM26,500 in the form of financing the maintenance of his house located at No. 14413 Jalan Laksamana 9, Kampung Laksamana, Batu Caves Selangor.

Judge Asmadi Hussin laid down the sentencing after being convinced that the defence council failed to raise any reasonable doubt based on the charge.

The offence was committed between June 2001 and April 2002 when the accused approved funds utilised for the maintenance of his house at the Council’s Tender Committee Meeting held on 27 October 2001 and thus proving to have a personal interest at the meeting.

The offence took place at the Selayang Municipal Council Building in Bandar Baru Selayang.

Prosecution was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Saifuddin Bin Hashim Musaimi and Nik Azrin Zairin Nik Abdullah while the accused was represented by counsel Akberdin and Dato’ Jarjit.

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