23 January 2008
Lieutenant Colonel Zainal Mohamed Ali was found guilty of 14 counts of corruption amounting to RM207,100 yesterday in court. The 29-year-old former director of the Armed Forces Museum was charged with 8 counts of abusing his position to obtain gratification totaling RM154,600 from Mohamed Annuar Abdul, owner of Shura Trading Sdn Bhd, in exchange for awarding a contract to maintain and repair the museum.
Zainal was also charged with 5 counts of accepting a total of RM33,000 from Annuar for a contract to maintain and provide equipment to the museum.
The last charge was for using two false government purchase orders and Shura Trading invoices to cheat the Defence Ministry.
Shura Trading was also forced to outsource several jobs to Suhani Enterprise Sdn Bhd, where Zainal’s wife, Noraini Abdul Rahman, had interests.
The judge deferred sentencing to 5 February 2008.
New Straits Times – Soldier guilty of 14 counts of corruption