A Senior Maritime non-commissioned officer (NCO) of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency reportedly pleaded guilty to three bribery charges at a Malaysia Court on Friday (21 May).
Mohd. Rusdi Mohd. Joha received bribes totalling RM 8,000 for not taking action on a vessel owned by a shipowner over failure to provide documents.
He was charged under Section 25 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 (Act 694) and faced a fine of not more than RM100,000 or imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or both, if convicted.
The Deputy Public Prosecutor, however, suggested to the Malaysia court not sentence the Senior Maritime NCO to jail due to compassionate reasons; hence, the Judge issued a RM 4,500 fine, or jail for two months if the fine cannot be paid, to the individual.
Note: Full information of the parties involved is available at Malaysian paper Utusan Malaysia via the link here.
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