Ex-immigration officer jailed, fined for graft

Dec 15, 2016
Former immigration officer Vikneswaran being taken away by a policeman after the court's verdict in Shah Alam on Wednesday.
Former immigration officer Vikneswaran being taken away by a policeman after the court’s verdict in Shah Alam on Wednesday.

A former immigration officer was sentenced to five years’ jail and fined RM63,000, or five years jail in default, by the Shah Alam Sessions Court on Wednesday for corruption.

K.R. Vikneswaran, 35, was found guilty of four counts of graft.

Judge Asmadi Hussain passed the verdict after the defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.

Vikneswaran was convicted under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and Section 16(a)(B) of the same Act for soliciting and accepting a total of RM12,600 between July and September in 2012.

The accused, who was then attached with the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Immigration Department office, was found guilty on soliciting RM4,000 in bribe from R. Lakshumana via a telephone conversation at 4pm on July 18.

For the second charge, he was accused of soliciting RM2,500 from the same person via a telephone conversation at 4.50pm on Sept 10.

The bribe was an inducement for Vikneswaran to release three Indian nationals who were arrested for using forged travel documents to enter the country.

Vikneswaran was also convicted for accepting RM3,600 and RM2,500 in bribes from the same person in July 24 and Sept 14 respectively, in the same year, for the same reason.

Asmadi sentenced Vikneswaran to five years’ jail and RM20,000 fine, in default of one year’s imprisonment, for the first offence.

He also sentenced Vikneswaran to five years’ jail and RM12,500 fine, in default of one year’s imprisonment for the second and third offences.

Vikneswaran was slapped with five year’s jail and RM18,000 in fines in default one of year’s jail for the final offence.

Asmadi also ordered for the jail sentence to run consecutively.

However, the court allowed an application by Vikneswaran’s lawyer Gurdit Singh for a stay of execution pending appeal to the High Court.

The court also ordered that the bail be increased from RM20,000 to RM50,000.

Deputy public prosecutor Hazirah Azman prosecuted.

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