KUALA LUMPUR: A 41-year-old Vietnamese woman was hauled to the court here for allegedly giving bribes of RM350,000 to maritime enforcement officers.
Tran Thi Mai, or also known as 'Datuk Maimunah', was charged with giving RM300,000 to one Muhammad Sani Abdullah, 31.
The money was to be handed over to Sedili district maritime director Captain Amran Daud, 55, as an inducement to release three Vietnamese fishing boats.
The boats were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for allegedly trespassing Malaysian waters to carry out fishing activities.
The offence was allegedly committed at Hot Gossip Cafe, Park Royal Hotel at Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, here between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on May 2.
For the second charge, Tran was accused of giving RM50,000 to Muhammad Sani on behalf of Capt Amran for the release of another Vietnamese fishing boat which was also detained for illegal fishing activities.
The offence was allegedly committed at Starbucks, Pearl Point Shopping Mall, Old Klang Road, here at 4pm on May 12.
Tran, an agent for shipping cargo licensing, claimed trial to the two charges.
Prosecuting officer Wan Ahmad Nizam Wan Omar suggested that bail be set at RM500,000.
Lawyer G.K.Sritharan, however, asked for bail of less than RM50,000.
"My client has been living in Malaysia for 17 years and has two teenage children who are studying at an international school in Pahang," he said.
Sessions Court judge Madihah Harullah set bail at RM250,000 in two sureties and for the bailors to be Malaysian citizens.
The case was fixed for mention on Dec 20.
Last week, Tran also claimed trial at a Kuantan Sessions Court for allegedly offering RM800,000 in bribes to two MMEA officers.
The mother of four allegedly gave the money to an anti-graft officer posing as the middleman to be handed over to two MMEA officers.
She allegedly committed the offence at a hotel at about 9.40am on Nov 5. The money was for the release of nine Vietnamese fishing boats seized under the Fisheries Act 1985.