Senior MACC officer gets 3 years’ jail, whipping for misappropriating RM29mil linked to ex-spy chief’s case

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One of three officers detained for abuse of power and misappropriation in the case involving ex-spy chief Hasanah Abdul Hamid.

Property purchased by the accused using the seized money to be forfeited to the government include:

two plots of land in Jerantut, Pahang, worth RM483,220

  • a two-and-a-half storey house at Taman Suria Warisan, Kota Warisan, Sepang, worth RM750,000
  • a Mercedez-Benz A250 Sport worth RM130,000.
  • a Honda Civic Type R 2.4L Turbo vehicle worth RM290,030
  • a Ford Raptor 2.0 four-wheel-drive vehicle worth RM219,000
  • a Ducati 1199 Superleggera worth RM300,000
  • A Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition worth RM278,000
  • Eight luxury watches worth RM397,580, including a blue Hublot Big Bang timepiece
  • RM20 million in cash

A senior superintendent in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was today sentenced to three years in prison and two strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur for misappropriation of US$6.94 million (RM29.2 million) in cash evidence linked to a major corruption case.

Judge Suzana Hussin handed down the sentence after Shahrum Nizam Baharuddin, 41, changed his plea to guilty to an alternative charge when the case came up for mention today.

He was ordered to serve the jail sentence from the date of arrest, which was September 13, 2021.

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Shahrum was one of three officers detained for abuse of power and misappropriation in the case involving former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid.

Today, when handing down the sentence, Suzana said she hoped that it would be a lesson to the accused to not repeat the mistake.

Meanwhile, Suzana also ordered that property purchased by the accused using the seized money to be forfeited to the government, including nearly RM20 million in cash, a house in Kota Warisan Sepang, two plots of land in Pahang, a Ford Raptor, a Honda Civic, a Mercedes-Benz, two motorcycles and a luxury watch.

The alternative charge made against Shahrum was for dishonest misappropriation of property by converting the money, amounting US$6.94 million, for his own use.

The charge, framed under section 403 of the Penal Code, provides imprisonment for up to five years and with whipping and shall also be liable to a fine, if found guilty.

He was charged with committing the offence at the Office of the Head of the Special Action Branch, Investigation Division, Level 14, Block C, MACC Headquarters, Putrajaya, between December 17, 2018, and April 9, 2019.

Meanwhile, during mitigation, Shahrum’s lawyer Ahmad Hafiz A Bakar said his client, who has two children, aged 10 and 12, and a family to support, had never been convicted of any criminal offence before and this case was his first.

He said Shahrum had served with the MACC since November 14, 2005, and was the recipient of the excellent service award four times.

He is suffering from nasal cancer and a medical report from a private hospital had been submitted to the court, added the lawyer.