Former immigration DG acquitted of bribery charge

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) -- The High Court here today upheld the Sessions Court's decision to acquit and discharge former Immigration Department director-general Datuk Wahid Md Don of accepting a bribe of RM60,000 to expedite visa approvals for Bangladeshi workers.

Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah made the decision after rejecting an appeal by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) against the Sessions Court's decision on Oct 15, 2010.

Mohamed Zabidin in his judgement said the Sessions Court judge was not wrong in acquitting and discharging the accused.

"I agree with the Sessions Court that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case," he said.

Wahid, 59, was charged with accepting the bribe from a businessman, Datuk Seri Low Chang Hian, to expedite approval of 4,337 calling visas for Bangladeshi workers.

He was alleged to have committed the offence at his house at Jalan Lembah Ledang, Off Jalan Duta, at 10.15 on July 10, 2008.

In the trial which began on Aug 17, 2009, the prosecution called 40 witnesses, including former Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, Low and several foreign workers' agents.

The prosecution was led by Deputy Public Prosecutor (MACC) Datuk Abdul Razak Musa while Wahid was represented by Datuk V. Sithambaram.