Thursday, November 7, 2019

Starbucks Coffee with an Incredulous Price Tag

I know Starbucks coffee is overpriced – but to pay $17,000 for it is incredulous.

The High Court Kuala Lumpur had heard that the referred sum which was said to be 1MDB’s money in the first place was payment for Starbucks coffee (New Straits Times, November 06, 2019). 

It was a ridiculous expense incurred by Tarek Obaid (right), the owner of PetroSaudi International Ltd and an alleged co-conspirator of the 1MDB grand theft. 

I'm sure it will more than qualify for Ripley's Believe It or Not!

And this startling revelation was made on Wednesday during the ongoing 1MDB trial involving former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak:

On July 25, 2019, I had published a post, titled A Judge, a DPP, a Lawyer and 6 Police Officers. These authority figures were alleged to have been involved in corruption. 

On Wednesday, Sessions Court judge Azmil Muntapha Abas, deputy public prosecutor Khairul Azhwa Yusrie Mohamad and private lawyer Noor Amirul Nazreen Anas claimed trial to taking bribes in connection with the detention and release of fifteen illegal immigrants last July. 

All three were accused of accepting bribes amounting RM17,500 from one Wong Chiew Hoong on July 17 in return for their agreement to drop charges against seven workers from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Indonesia when they were hauled up for prosecution at the Sessions Court in Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor previously. 

The charges were framed under Section 16(a)(B) of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and under Section 24(1) of the same law. 

Azmil was also charged separately with taking RM5,000 and depositing it into his personal bank account on May 10 last year at the Maybank branch in Jalan Meru, Hulu Klang, Selangor. That sum was an inducement to not conduct his duties as a judge and fine six individuals who had been charged under subsection 9(1) of the Common Gaming Housing Act 1953. 

For this, Azmil was charged under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009, punishable with up to 20 years in jail, or a fine no less than five times the bribe amount. 

No further mention was made of the police officers though.

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