KUALA LUMPUR: Two policemen were charged with asking for a bribe from a hawker in a district police station last year.
L/Kpl Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar, 46, and Insp Askalani Yunus, 40, claimed trial to a charge of asking RM2,000 from Teh Wan Chen as an inducement to release his two friends – unemployed Tan Buan Hock and carpenter Tan Lik Soong – who were arrested for allegedly committing an extortion-related offence under Section 385 of the Penal Code.
L/Kpl Abdul Rahman, who is from Tun H.S. Lee district police station, and Insp Askalani, from Dang Wangi district police station, claimed trial at a Sessions Court here yesterday.
The two were accused of committing the offence at Dang Wangi district police station at about 2pm on June 7.
The duo were charged under Section 10 (a) (bb) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years or a fine of five times of the value of the bribe, if convicted.
A short while later, L/Kpl Abdul Rahman, who is staying at Jalan Aman police quarters, claimed trial to another charge of accepting a RM2,000 bribe from Teh for the same purpose.
He was alleged to have committed the offence near the ATM machine of Kompleks Pertama's Bank Bumiputra Commerce Berhad branch in Jalan Tuanku at about 2.30pm on June 7, last year.
He was charged under Section 11 (a) of the same Act, which carries the same penalty if convicted.
Judge Nursinah Adzmi set bail at RM5,000 with one surety for each accused and fixed Oct 29 for mention for the two to appoint counsel. The judge also allowed a joint trial upon application by prosecuting officer Woon Mon Cheong.