Saturday, 20 September 2008

ACA arrests Sabah ex-army chief

Former Fifth Brigade Commander Breg-Gen Datuk Mumammad Yassin Yahya, a witness in the corruption trial of former Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Ramli Yusoff in the Sessions Court Kota Kinabalu was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) Friday.

State ACA director Hajah Latifah Md Yassin said Yassin was held after the trial adjourned at 6pm yesterday.

The arrest was prompted by a report to the ACA by Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Kevin Morais that Yassin had given false evidence under oath while testifying for the prosecution in Ramli's trial.

Ramli, who was a former police chief for Sabah, is on trial before Judge Supang Lian, that he had allegedly used a police aircraft for aerial surveillance of two pieces of land in Ulu Tungku, Lahad Datu, owned by Kinsajaya Sdn Bhd, of which he had an interest.

He was said to have committed the offence at 7.50am on June 15, 2007 at the Sabah Police Air Unit in Tanjung Aru. At that time he was the Commercial Criminal Investigation Department director in Bukit Aman.

The charge is framed under Section 15(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act which carries imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and a minimum fine of RM20,000 on conviction.

On Thursday (Sept 17), DPP Morais had declared Yassin a hostile witness when he detected in his evidence during examination-in-chief several discrepancies with his statement to the ACA.

DPP Morais applied to the court to cross-examine Yassin which was allowed by the judge. The DPP cross-examined Yassin yesterday where the discrepancies were confirmed.

DPP Morais will continue his examination-in-chief of Yassin on Oct 6, 2008. This report is reported HERE

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