Senior DBKL officer slapped with 18 corruption charges

A Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) executive director was today charged at the Sessions Court with 18 counts of accepting bribes and assets worth millions. Syed Afendy Ali Syed Abid Ali pleads not guilty to all charges of accepting bribes and assets worth millions, judge sets bail at RM1 million and orders passport to be surrendered. Free Malaysia Today reports:

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Syed Afendy Ali Syed Abid Ali claimed trial to charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) and the Penal Code.

Under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, Syed Afendy was accused of accepting a bribe for his wife, in the form of a shophouse that cost more than RM900,000.

If convicted, he could face a maximum jail term of 20 years and fine not less than five times the bribe amount.

Syed Afendy was also slapped with another eight charges under Section 165 of the Penal Code for taking valuable assets in the form of eight condominium units.

If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to two years in jail or a fine.

Sessions Court Judge Allaudeen Ismail set the bail amount at RM1 million and ordered for his passport to be surrendered.

Syed Afendy, who was represented by M Athimulan, arrived in court accompanied by his wife who was clad in a blue “baju kurung” and a turquoise headscarf.

Ahmad Akram Gharib and Aida Adhha Abu Bakar appeared for the prosecution.

The trial has been set to start in January next year, with the prosecution saying they will call 25 witnesses.

Syed Afendy can now be confirmed to be the “Datuk Seri” arrested by the MACC on August 16 to facilitate investigations into corruption, money laundering and abuse of power.

It was later reported that he was suspended from duty pending the probe by the anti-graft agency.

Syed Afendy took over the position of executive director this year, replacing Tan Keng Chok who retired from the post.

He has a background in accounting and finance.

 

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/09/09/senior-dbkl-officer-slapped-with-18-corruption-charges/