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USM lecturer and his brother convicted of abuse of power, sentenced to 3 years jail and fined RM807,000

Schools and universities are places where our youths learn skills that will help them in the future. What if these institutions are corrupted from the core?

On Friday (19 August), a Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) lecturer and his younger brother were found guilty of abuse of power and were each sentenced to three years in prison by the Sessions Court in Butterworth, Penang.

In addition, they were also fined RM807,475 after being found guilty of 9 charges of abuse of position 10 years ago.

Source: Harian Metro

According to Utusan, Judge Zulhazmi Abdullah was reported to have sentenced Badaruddin Mohamed, and his younger brother, Mustafa Kamal, after they failed to prove any reasonable doubts at the end of the defence proceedings.

Also, the 2 brothers will face prison terms between 1 to 6 months, depending on the charges, if they fail to pay the fine.

Source: Utusan

The case was prosecuted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecuting officer Azlan Basri, while the two accused were represented by a lawyer, Shamsul Sulaiman.

Meanwhile, the court also allowed the application for a stay of execution while the duo appeal of the conviction.

The two defendants were also ordered to submit their passports and report themselves to the MACC officials every month until the case appeal was over.

In October 2018, Badaruddin pleaded not guilty in the same court to 9 charges of misuse of his power and position to obtain bribes.

Abuse of power and corruption

Badaruddin was accused of using his position as head of USM’s Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster (STRC) to approve Mustafa’s company to supply 30 units of glass souvenirs worth RM3,450 and office biometric equipment worth RM2,920 to STRC between 5 September 2011 and 14 May 2012.

Badaruddin was charged under subsection 23(1) of the MACC Act 2009, while Mustafa faced nine counts of abetting his brother under Section 28 (1) (c) of the same act.

He was also charged with committing the crime according to Section 23(1) of the 2009 MACC Deed.

According to Section 28(1)(c) of the same deed, his brother was charged with committing adultery at the same place and location.

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