JOHOR BARU: A police inspector attached with the Johor Baru South traffic police headquarters claimed trial at a Sessions Court here for asking and accepting a bribe of RM3,000 to cover up a fatal car accident.
The accused Mohd Shulul Azmi Shuaibon, 32, was charged for two counts of bribery – one for asking and another for accepting a bribe as an inducement to cover up a car accident along Jalan Pantai, Taman Sri Stulang here that resulted in the fatality.
He kept his head low when the charges were read out and pleaded not guilty to them before Sessions judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz here on April 12.
In the first charge, he was accused of asking for an amount of RM3,500 from one Azman Mat Zain at around 5.25pm January 13, 2014 after the man was involved in an accident that caused the death of a victim.
The accused had allegedly asked for the money at the Johor Baru South traffic police headquarters in exchange for a favour to help Azman obtain a lighter charge or not to bring the case to court at all.
Mohd Shulul Azmil was also charged for accepting RM3,000 from Azman at the same location at around 7pm on January 15, 2014.
The accused was arrested at 7.45pm on January 15, 2014.
If convicted, he could face a maximum 20-year jail term and a fine of not more than five times the bribe amount or RM10,000, whichever is higher under Section 16 (a)(B) and Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.
MACC deputy public prosecutor Ridzuan Abd Malik who prosecuted the case asked for a bail amount of RM10,000 for the accused.
Mohd Shulul Azmil’s lawyer Rosli Kamaruddin appealed for a lower bail amount saying that his client had been cooperative with MACC throughout the investigations and had to go back and forth to Kuala Lumpur where his wife and children stayed.
Judge Mohamad Haldar fixed bail at RM6,000 for both charges and set May 11 for the next mention of the case.
Mohd Shulul Azmil paid the bail.