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KUCHING: A Sarawak Immigration Department officer has been sentenced to 30 days imprisonment and fined RM3,000 for accepting bribes.
The Special Corruption Court dished out the sentence today and failure to pay the fine would land the female immigration officer another month of jail time.
Before Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong, Emily Ngayan Beliang, 36, pleaded guilty under Section 165 of the Penal Code when she admitted accepting RM300 through her Maybank account via online transfer on Dec 31.
Emily’s two colleagues who were also involved the case, however, were discharged and acquitted.
Benjamin Morsit, 33 was charged with receiving a bribe of RM200 on Dec 13 while Khairul Nizam Omar, 41, RM1,000 on Dec 19.
Both were released as the judge deemed the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against them.
The three were among the 11 immigration officers detained last year for alleged graft.
Out of the 11 immigration officers, six were charged while the rest were released. From the six charged, only Emily was sentenced.
With Benjamin and Khairul acquitted, three are still pending trial.