Former sales manager claims trial to 40 corruption charges


ALOR SETAR: A former sales manager claimed trial to accepting bribes amounting to RM1mil, to help a company ensure it continues as the main furniture supplier to the Japanese firm where he worked at eight years ago.

Mohd Azurine Che Bahadom, from Taman Melati, Kuala Lumpur, pleaded not guilty to the 40 charges of corruption before Sessions Court judge Sharifah Norazlita Syed Salim Idid on Tuesday (March 17).

The accused, 39, had worked for Japanese firm Nitori (M) Sdn Bhd and was arrested on Nov 2,2018.

The offences were allegedly committed between Oct 9,2013 to Feb 13,2017 at Ambank Alor Setar branch.

According to the charge sheets, he had received 40 Ambank cheques of RM25,000 each from Ga Yee Furniture Sdn Bhd through his wife's Ambank account.

If convicted he could face 20 years imprisonment, fine of not less than five times the amount or value of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, for each offence.

Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin proposed bail at RM800,000 with two sureties.

Mohd Azurine, who was unrepresented, was seen taking down notes during proceedings.

He told the judge, he had nobody to post bail and it was impossible for him to obtain RM800,000.

“I now work as a fisherman and have been jobless since 2018, ” he said.

He added that his wife was also not working and they had a 20-months-old child.

Wan Shaharuddin then pointed out that the accused is a flight risk and likely to leave the country before the trial as he is a fisherman now.

“The country border is very wide, the accused can leave the country to anywhere from sea or by land, ” he said.

He added that the accused wife will also be charged together with him for the same offences.

Sharifah set bail at RM800,000 in two sureties and fixed May 12 for mention.

The accused was ordered to surrender his international passport to the court and must report himself to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office every first week of a month.

She also asked the accused to get a lawyer.

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