ALOR STAR: A Langkawi Fire and Rescue Department station chief was sentenced to 20 months’ jail and a RM60,000 fine by the Sessions Court here today for two counts of soliciting and accepting bribes in 2012.

Judge Zainol Rashid Hussain sentenced Yaakob Hassan, 49, to 20 months’ jail and a RM50,000 fine after he was found guilty of soliciting a RM10,000 bribe from Jamat Harun as an inducement to help close a criminal investigation by the police on the latter’s son, Mohd Shafiq Affandi Jamat.

The accused was also slapped with 20 months’ jail and a RM10,000 fine for a separate charge of accepting RM2,000 from Jamat’s other son, Ahmad Ridzwan Jamat, as an inducement to stop the criminal investigation, at Yaakob’s office at Jalan Kisap, Langkawi, on Oct 14, 2012, at about 3pm.

Zainol ordered for the jail punishments to run concurrently from today.

Yaakob was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

In mitigation, lawyer Paramjit Singh, who represented Yaakob, pleaded to the court for leniency, as it was his client’s first offense and he has three children who are still schooling.

However, deputy public prosecutor from the MACC, A. Hafiizh Abu Bakar, urged the court to impose a heavy sentence as a deterrent to other civil servants.

The court granted a stay of execution for the jail punishments, pending an appeal, but ordered the accused to pay the fine by today.

The accused, who is currently serving a 38-day detention under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) 1959, is being sent back to a prison in Pendang.

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Former Langkawi Fire and Rescue Department chief Yaakob Hassan (centre) was sentenced to 40 months’ in jail and fined RM60,000 for soliciting and accepting bribes in 2012. Pix by SHAHRIZAL MD NOOR.

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