KUCHING: A police inspector was sentenced to 20 days in prison and fined RM25,000 for demanding a RM5,000 bribe from a woman for the return of some seized jewellery.
Azrul Izman Shadan, 35, was accused of accepting RM5,000 in cash from one Amy Yip Su Ling at a hotel in Sibu on March 13, 2015 as an inducement to return the jewellery, which was in a car that was seized when Yip's husband was detained for a drug-related offence.
He previously claimed trial when charged with the offence under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act in Sibu on Sept 5 last year and requested the trial to be heard in Kuching where he is currently based.
However, Azrul pleaded guilty when the case was mentioned in the Sessions Court here on Thursday.
In mitigation, his counsel Fazila Osman said Azrul is married with two young children and had no previous criminal or disciplinary record.
She also said the accused had cooperated with the MACC throughout the investigation and never failed to turn up in court.