Three-year jail for ex-Pahang UMNO youth chief for cheating

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – A businessman and former Pahang UMNO Youth chief, Datuk Mohd Mustafa Mohd Khalid was ordered to undergo a three-year jail yesterday after he was found guilty of cheating the managing director of a company of RM1 million over a Scanning System project.

This was after Appeals Court Judge Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki, heading a panel of three judges, maintained the conviction and three-year jail imposed by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on February 19, 2016 on Mohd Musyafa.

However, the panel set aside an eight-year jail and RM300,000 fine or one-year jail imposed by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on March 23, 2017.

“Our decision is unanimous, we allow a part appeal. We are of the opinion that the appeal on the conviction has no merit. The appeal on the conviction is rejected and the conviction is maintained. “The appeal against the sentence is permitted. The sentence by the High Court Judge is set aside and the Sessions Judge’s sentence is brought back,” said Judge Mohtarudin who convened with judges Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang and Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah.

The panel made the decision after hearing the arguments of counsel Datuk Hariharan Tara Singh representing Mohd Mustafa and Deputy Public Prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah.

Mohd Mustafa, 56, appealed against the High Court’s decision to raise the three-year jail sentence imposed by the Sessions Court to eight years after dismissing Mohd Mustafa’s appeal.