JOHOR BARU: An assistant registration officer pleaded not guilty to three charges of bribery at the Session Court here involving bribes amounting to RM16,000.
The accused, Mohd Fazdhly Abdul Razak, 42, made the plea after the charges were read to him before judge Kamarudin Kamsun on Tuesday (Sept 22).
According to the charge sheet, Mohd Fazdhly, who works at the National Registration Department in Putrajaya, requested a bribe from a 31-year-old man who works at a grocery store.
He is accused of requesting RM10,000, RM1,500 and RM4,500 to be transferred into his personal account between June and July 2018 at a bank in Masai and Taman Johor Jaya, here.
Such an act is an offence under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term not exceeding two years, or fine, or both.
The prosecution was conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecuting officer Nur Mahirah Mohd Pauzi, while the accused was not represented.
Mohd Fazdhly, in his plea, requested bail of RM10,000 as it was the only amount he could afford after he pawned his family land.
The court set bail at RM15,000 with one surety and ordered the accused to report to the nearest MACC office every month until the case is completed.
The court also set Oct 26 for case re-mention.