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Man Who Illegally Changed 22 Sulu Citizenships Faces 156 Years Imprisonment



After changing a number of individuals’ Sulu citizenship status, a former employee of the National Registration Department (JPN) was sentenced to 156 years in jail by the Sessions Court.

Judge Ahmad Sazali Omar made the decision after the accused, Ahmad Zakri Raman, 31, pleaded guilty to 32 charges read by a court interpreter.

The first charge up to the 17th, the Grade KP17 registration assistant was charged directly for accepting RM4,000 each from the 22 Sulu individuals as a bribe, for the issuance of identification cards and had gained a total of RM88,000.

For the offense, Ahmad Zakri was charged under Section 161 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to three years or a fine, or both if found guilty.

According to the 18th to the 32nd charge, he allegedly hacked into the national population records information system (Siren) to change the status of 22 individual’s citizenship using the password of four employees of the department.

He was charged under Section 5 (1) of the Computer Crimes Act 1997 and if convicted could be fined up to RM100,000 or face imprisonment of up to seven years, or both.

All the offenses were allegedly committed between March 2014 until last November, as reported by Kosmo!

The prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Siti Ruvina. Rawi while the accused was represented by counsel Mohd. Hilmy Samsudin.

Earlier, Siti Ruvina proposed the sentence should be carried out separately because it involves acts done under the exclusive rights of Malaysians.

In addition, the proposal also takes into account the citizenship statuses that were changed, which indirectly invites terrorist threats, based on the past Lahad Datu incident which occurred in Sabah back in 2013.

The court ordered Ahmad Zakri to be sentenced to three years in prison for each count of the first count to the 17th with a total of 51 years.

For another 15 other charges, the accused was sentenced to seven years in prison for each count for a total of 105 years.

The accused, however, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, as he is concurrently convicted for all his charges, from the date of his arrest in September last year.


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