IPOH: A Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry assistant enforcement officer claimed trial to two counts of agreeing and accepting a bribe as an inducement to close a case.
Shaikhul Athar Abdullah pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him before Sessions Court judge S. Indra Nehru here on Friday (Sept 25).
For the first charge under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, the 37-year-old accused allegedly accepted RM8,000 from one Fan Kar Weng as an inducement to settle a case that was being investigated since 2014.
He was said to have committed the offence inside a car at the car park of a cafe in Greentown on May 30,2017.
In the second charge under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act, Shaikhul Athar was said to have agreed to accept the bribe in Greentown on May 23,2017 at 8.55pm.
If found guilty, the accused could be jailed a maximum of 20 years and fined no less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
In arguments for bail, Shaikhul Athar’s lawyer Datuk Amirul Ridzuan Hanif said his client’s family could only afford to pay RM10,000 as bail for both charges.
He said Shaikhul Athar’s wife had to borrow money from relatives to pay the bail and added that his client was the only child to an ageing mother who is residing in Jerantut, Pahang.
“His father passed away on Thursday (Sept 24). He will need to settle matters related to his late father. If a high amount is given, it would be seen as a punishment, ” Amirul Ridzuan said, adding that bail was only to secure the attendance of the accused.
“We hope the court can set an amount that can be afforded according to his family’s financial state and we will also agree to any additional conditions, ” he added.
Indra Nehru set bail at RM15,000 with one surety for both charges and mention on Nov 4.
She also ordered for Shaikhul Athar’s passport to be surrendered to the court and to report to the nearest MACC office once a month until the case is settled.
MACC Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin prosecuted.
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