KUALA LUMPUR: DBKL project management executive director Datuk Seri Syed Afendy Ali Syed Abid Ali pleaded not guilty to 18 corruption charges involving some RM2.9mil and RM1.5mil for money laundering at the Sessions Court here.
Syed Afendy, 54, was charged Friday under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, for allegedly accepting a bribe for his wife, in the form of a shophouse worth more than RM900,000.
He faces a maximum of 20 years’ jail term and a fine of not less than five times the bribe amount he received if convicted.
Syed Afendy was also charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code for obtaining assets in the form of eight condominiums worth RM1.99mil, which carries up to two years in jail or a fine if convicted.
The father of two could also land himself in jail for up to 10 years, or fined up to RM5mil, or both, if convicted over nine charges under the Anti-Money Laundering Act for accepting a total of RM3mil bribes.
Judge Allaudeen Ismail granted RM1mil bail and allowed Syed Affendy to pay RM400,000 on Friday and pay the remaining RM600,000 next Wednesday.
Judge Allaudeen set Oct 13 for mention and the trial will start on Jan 9 next year.
Syed Afendy was represented by defence counsel T. Gunaseelan and M. Athimulan.
Deputy Public Prosecutors Ahmad Akram Gharib and Aida Adhha Abu Bakar appeared for the prosecution.
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