BUTTERWORTH: A police corporal pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here on Tuesday (Oct 27) to two counts of soliciting and receiving bribes totalling RM16,500 from a businessman in 2016.
S. Komaladevi, 46, claimed trial to both charges before judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid.
Under the first charge, she was accused of soliciting RM10,500 from Chuah Kooi Eng, purportedly for the investigation officer, as an inducement to release the businessman's three workers who had invalid temporary work certificates.
She was accused of committing the offence at the George Town Court Complex on August 24,2016 at about 8.30am.
Komaladevi was also charged with receiving another RM6,000 from the same person for the same purpose at Kedai Roti Bakar in Time Square Complex on Sept 7,2016 at about 3.30pm.
She was charged under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which is punishable under Section 24 of the same act for the first and second offence.
Komaladevi faces a maximum 20 years' imprisonment and a fine of not less than five times the value of bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Deputy public prosecutor S. Selvaranjini prosecuted with Mohamad Azlan Basri.
The accused was represented by Ashok Athimulan.
The judge set the bail at RM10,000 with one surety and set Dec 6 for the next mention.
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