KOTA KINABALU: An officer with an exemplary service award was among four police personnel who were charged with graft at the Corruption Court here on Thursday.
Deputy Supt Abdul Mahyuddin Abdullah, 43, deputy chief of the state police’s Commercial Crimes unit, was accused of receiving RM5,000 from one Josepin Langkan at a cafe in Taman Ridgeview near here on June 18, 2016.
He was also accused of agreeing to receive another RM500 from Josepin, who was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, as an inducement so that no action would be taken against her.
Mahyuddin, who was represented by counsel PJ Pareira, pleaded not guilty to the charges after being produced before Sessions Court Abu Bakar Manaf.
Abu Bakar allowed Mahyuddin, who received the exemplary service award in 2013, to be released on RM20,000 bail of which RM8,000 was to be deposited.
Also in the dock were three policemen from the Penampang police station’s Anti-Narcotics Department.
Insp Mohd Faiz Mohd Yusof, 32, was accused of receiving RM1,000 from one Zaleha Brahim on Feb 9, 2016 at a car park in the Donggongon township in Penampang.
He was accused of receiving another RM2,000 from Zaleha the following day as an inducement not to take any action against one Rincah Labik, who had tested positive for drugs.
Mohd Faiz, an investigating officer, was also accused of demanding RM6,000 from one Wong Kian Shung on April 8, 2016 at the Penampang police station.
The money was an inducement for no action to be taken against one Dahlia Andreas who had tested positive for drugs.
He claimed trial to the charges and was released on RM15,000 bail, of which RM5,000 was to be deposited.
Also accused of demanding RM6,000 from Wong on the same day was Anti-Narcotics Department police detectives Elly Boniface Siew @ Siu Anak Tugok, 38 and Liza Ambau, 39.
Both were released on RM10,000 bail each, of which RM5,000 was to be deposited.
Mohd Faiz, Elly and Liza were represented by counsel Luke Ressa Balang.
Following an application by Deputy Public Prosecutors Rustam Sanip and Razana Abd Hadi of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the trial of the three Penampang police officers would be jointly heard.
Abu Bakar fixed April 26 as the mention date for the four cases.