Hornbill Unleashed

April 4, 2017

Time sentences match corruption crime, MACC advisory board says

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah has called for harsher sentences to be imposed on offenders in corruption cases. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Anti-Corruption Advisory Board endorsed today a call for harsher sentences to be imposed on offenders in corruption cases amid flak from the judiciary over a panel member’s criticism.

Board chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim expressed the panel’s full support for colleague Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah after the latter was chided for suggesting judges today took a “soft” approach in punishing those found guilty of corruption.

“My colleagues and I on the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board fully endorse Dato’ Mohd Noor’s remarks which were intended to be constructive in ensuring that the punishment fits the crime within our criminal justice system, a sentiment which is shared by the overwhelming majority of those who want more done to fight this, the most dangerous and debilitating social condition that has become a grave national concern,” Tunku Aziz said in a statement.

“Any punishment that does not act as an effective deterrent is no deterrent at all. It is at best derisory and at worst, an insult to the majesty of the law,” he added.

Retired Court of Appeals judge Mohd Noor was chastised last week by senior members of the judiciary including the newly-retired chief justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and even the Malaysian Bar for telling reporters he did not think corruption punishments meted out today matched the crime.

He urged the Bench to impose stiffer penalties such as sending convicted offenders to jail instead of just slapping them with a fine.

Source : @ Malay Mail Online


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