KUALA LUMPUR – A customs director was charged in the Sessions Court here with taking bribes as payoff for not taking action against the importation of untaxed liquor.
Datuk Mohd Nasir Said, 58, claimed trial to eight counts of taking bribes, each worth RM10,000, as an inducement to use his position as Malacca customs director to not take action against untaxed liquor or against a company belonging to one of his alleged bribers.
According to the charge sheet, Mohd Nasir took the bribes in the parking lot of Tesco Hypermarket, in Taman Midah, Cheras, on October 2012 and between January and July this year.
He claimed trial to all charges.
Deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais urged the court to set bail at RM10,000 for each offence.
He also applied that the case be transferred to the Shah Alam Sessions Court, as the other customs officers were being charged there.
Mohd Nasir’s counsel Che Azmi Che Omar pleaded for lower bail, saying his client’s accounts had been frozen and his pay suspended.
The lawyer also noted that Mohd Nasir had served the customs department for 34 years, and was supposed to retire in 16 months.
Under Section 24(1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, Mohd Nasir faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine not less than five times the sum of the bribe.
Judge Rosbiah Hanin set bail at RM80,000 in total, with one surety and the additional condition that Mohd Nasir surrendered his passport to the court.
She fixed Oct 23 for next mention.
MACC director of investigation Datuk Mohd Jamidan Abdullah confirmed that Mohd Nasir was currently customs director for Perak, although Mohd Nasir held the same post in Malacca at time of the alleged offence. – Bernama