Politician Isa Abdul Samad Found Guilty on 9 Corruption Charges & Sentenced to 6 Years Jail

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(source: Berita Harian)

According to Malay Mail, former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad has been sentenced to six years jail and fined RM15.4mil by the High Court.

Today (3 Feb), Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali found Mohd Isa guilty of nine counts of graft involving more than RM3mil relating to a hotel purchase in Sarawak.

Specifically, he was charged with nine counts of dishonestly receiving gratification for himself, in cash totalling RM3,090,000 from Ikhwan, who is a board member of Gegasan Abadi Properties Sdn Bhd, through one Muhammad Zahid Md Arip, as gratification for helping to approve the purchase of the Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites (MPHS) by FIC for RM160mil.

All the offences were allegedly committed at Menara Felda in KL between 21 July 2014 and 11 Dec 2015.

Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites (source: AmazingBorneo)

Justice Mohd Nazlan said that Isa’s defence had failed to raise any doubt in the prosecution’s case against him.

Prior to sentencing, Justice Mohd Nazlan took note of Mohd Isa’s background, administrative record and his political involvement as the accused was a long-serving former Mentri Besar for two decades and also as a cabinet minister.

“Corruption is cancer to society; it threatens the economy and the country’s democratic system,” said Justice Mohd Nazlan.

Mohd Isa is now sentenced to serve six years of jail for each of the nine counts and fined RM15.4mil in default of 18 years in jail for all the charges. The court however ordered for the jail sentences to run concurrently, which means Isa will be serving a total of six years in jail.

(source: Malay Mail)

Justice Mohd Nazlan also granted Isa a stay of execution pending an appeal but ordered for his bail to be increased from RM800,000 to RM1.5mil.

All the charges were framed under Section 16a(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, punishable under Section 24(1) of the same law, which provides for a jail term not exceeding 20 years and a fine of at least five times the bribe amount, RM10,000 or whichever is higher upon conviction.

To refresh, the hearing of the case began on 8 Oct 2019, with the prosecution calling 22 witnesses to testify, including former Felda director-general Datuk Hanapi Suhada.