Army cor­po­ral faces 79 graft charges

New Straits Times - - News -

ME­LAKA: An army cor­po­ral was charged at the Ses­sions Court yes­ter­day with 79 counts of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of claims, amount­ing to RM50,238.10, be­tween April and July last year.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore judge Norma Is­mail, Musa Md Dawi, 27, who was at­tached to the Sun­gai Udang camp, stood for an hour as each charge was read to him.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of property, which were pay­ment pro­vi­sions of travel al­lowances and an­nual leave claims un­der the Spe­cial War­fare Train­ing Cen­tre (Pulpak) al­lo­ca­tion, by cre­at­ing voucher pay­ments un­der the names of other sol­diers.

The pay­ments, to­talling RM46,281.10, were al­legedly chan­nelled to his bank ac­counts with CIMB and May­bank, be­tween April 28 and July 1 last year.

Musa was also charged with: TWO counts of com­mit­ting sim­i­lar of­fences amount­ing to RM889.40, in which the pay­ment was made to a May­bank ac­count be­long­ing to his friend, Mohd Ram­dan Mohd Sani, on April 25 and June 29 last year; and,

THREE counts of com­mit­ting sim­i­lar of­fences, amount­ing to RM3,067.60, in which the pay­ment was chan­nelled to a May­bank ac­count be­long­ing to his friend, Anuar Bol­has­san, on April 25, 27 and 28 last year.

He al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fences at Pulpak’s bud­get of­fice in Sun­gai Udang camp here, be­tween April 25 and July 1 last year.

Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) pros­e­cut­ing of­fi­cer Ong Cheng Hian ap­plied for RM2,000 bail for each of the charges (to­talling RM158,000) with one surety, and ap­plied to have the 79 charges tried to­gether.

Musa, who was un­rep­re­sented, told the court he could not af­ford the bail, and that he was held at the de­ten­tion camp.

“I have to look af­ter my par­ents and wife. I was also in­volved in an ac­ci­dent and have to get treat­ment for my leg.”

Norma set bail at RM50,000 with one surety and or­dered Musa to sur­ren­der his pass­port to the court, and to re­port to MACC of­fice ev­ery month.

The court set June 19 for men­tion.

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