Senior federal counsel charged with bribery

Facing the law: Lim posting bail at the Butterworth Sessions Court.

BUTTERWORTH: A senior federal counsel in the state prosecution office has been charged with two counts of bribery in the Sessions Court.

Lim Cheah Yit, 42, pleaded not guilty to both charges said to have taken place between March and June this year.

In the first charge, Lim is alleged to have solicited RM500,000 in bribe from Goh Kim Heong at a karaoke centre in Gurney Paragon Mall at 7pm on March 8 as an inducement to influence the state prosecution director to charge one Chan Eng Leong in court for an alleged cheating case under Section 420 of the Penal Code.

For the second charge, Lim is alleged to have accepted a RM100,000 bribe from Goh as payment to influence the state prosecution director to charge Chan in court for an alleged cheating case at a hotel in Jalan Bukit Gambir at 12.19pm on June 1.

The offence under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 (Act 694) 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, upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutors representing MACC Mohd Mukhzany Fariz Mohd Mokhtar and Fairos Danial Mazlan prosecuted while Lim was represented by Ang Chun Pun.

Ang asked for a lower bail of RM20,000 claiming that Lim was not a flight risk after Mukhzany requested for it to be set at RM50,000 for both offences.

He added that his client was a high-ranking civil servant and there was no reason for him to abscond.

Magistrate Noor Aini Yusof, acting as Sessions Court judge, set bail at RM20,000 for both charges in one surety.

“The accused will have to surrender his passport to the court pending the disposal of the case.

“He will also need to report to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya once a month, ” she said.

Noor Aini then fixed Aug 17 for mention of the case.

Lim is expected to be charged in Kedah today with another count of accepting bribes.

It was reported on June 2 that the Kedah MACC nabbed three Penang legal officers on suspicion of soliciting RM500,000 in bribe from the public.

The first suspect, aged 42, was detained at a hotel in Penang, while the other two suspects, aged 29 and 52, were detained at the Kedah MACC office.

Kedah MACC director Datuk Shaharom Nizam Abd Manap said initial investigations found that the suspects sought bribes amounting to RM500,000, and had already received RM100,000 from a person in connection with a commercial case to be brought to court.

He said the MACC inspected the homes and offices of all the suspects and found and confiscated a sum of money.

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