Malaysia

MCMC deputy director charged with abetting wife in graft case

Combination photo of the three accused (from left) Noorshidin, Suraya Hani and Noor Mohamed Khan.Combination photo of the three accused (from left) Noorshidin, Suraya Hani and Noor Mohamed Khan.SHAH ALAM, April 9 — A Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) deputy director was charged today with abetting his wife and a man in soliciting a RM250,000 bribe for a tender to build the commission’s digital forensic lab.

Noor Mohamed Khan Mohamed Mastan, his wife Suraya Hani Ahmad Zaki, and Noorshidin Mohd Noor pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court.

Suraya Hani and Noorshidin were jointly charged with accepting a RM250,000 bribe from Siaga Informatics Sdn Bhd chief operations officer Mohd Shukri Othman in exchange for a “letter of award” to build the digital forensics lab.

Both face an alternative charge of deceiving Mohd Shukri into believing the validity of the letter of award for the project tender.

Noor Mohamed Khan was charged with aiding the two by obtaining the relevant tender papers for the project in exchange for a portion of the RM250,000 bribe.

If found guilty, all three face a jail term not exceeding 20 years and a RM10,000 fine under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act.

Bail was set at RM10,000 for Noor Mohamed Khan and RM15,000 for the other two.

Mention dates have been set on April 23 for Noor Mohamed Khan and April 27 for Suraya Hani and Noorshidin.

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