BUTTERWORTH: A senior federal counsel in the state prosecution office has been charged with two counts of bribery amounting to RM100,000 at a Sessions Court here.
Lim Cheah Yit, 42, pleaded not guilty to both crimes which allegedly took place between March and June.
He was charged with soliciting RM500,000 from Goh Kim Heong at 7pm on March 8 at a karaoke centre in Gurney Paragon Mall to make sure a man by the name of Chan Eng Leong was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code in court.
He is also charged with accepting RM100,000 from Goh at 12.19pm on June 1 at a hotel in Bayan Baru for the same purpose, that is, to make sure Chan Eng Leong was charged under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
The offence under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 is punishable under Section 24 of the same Act.
Lim faces a maximum 20 years' imprisonment and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Deputy Public Prosecutors Mohd Mukhzany Fariz Mohd Mokhtar and Fairus Danial Mazlan represented the MACC, while Lim was represented by Ang Chun Pun.
In mitigation, Ang claimed that Lim was not a flight risk and asked for bail to be reduced after Mukhzany requested for it to be set at RM50,000.
Magistrate Noor Aini Yusof, acting as Sessions Court judge, set bail at RM20,000 for both charges with one surety.
She also ordered Lim to surrender his passport and report to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya once a month.
Noor Aini then fixed Aug 17 for mention of the case.
Lim is expected to be charged in Kedah on Tuesday (July 7) with another count of accepting bribes.
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