SEREMBAN: A 34-year-old Immigration officer claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to eight charges of accepting bribes totalling RM885,950 from three individuals over a period of almost four years.
Mohd Shah Ezywan Abd Rahman pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were read out to him before judge Madiha Harullah.
For the first charge, he was accused of accepting RM72,300 from Mohd Jeffrey Mohd Zain at a bank at Putra Point in Nilai, although he knew the latter had an interest in his official work.
He allegedly committed the offence between Jan 11,2017 and Nov 24,2017.
He was also slapped with six charges of accepting a total RM725,250 from Ong Bok Hay at the same bank.
Shah Ezywan allegedly committed the offences between June 4,2018 and Nov 1,2020.
For the final charge, the accused allegedly accepted RM88,400 from Clement Chen Wen Chien between Oct 16,2018 and Nov 26,2018 at the same place.
The accused was charged under section 165 of the Penal Code which provides a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both upon conviction.
Shah Ezywan also claimed trial to four charges of money laundering for accepting the money which were proceeds from illegal activities from the three individuals.
He was charged under section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Act 2001, which provides a jail term of up to 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the proceeds of the unlawful activity or RM5mil. whichever is higher.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin then asked the court to set bail at RM100,000 but the accused, through his lawyer Afifuddin Ahmad Hafifi asked the amount to be halved as he had to provide for his family.
Madiha then set bail at RM65,000 for all 12 charges and told the accused to surrender his passport to the court and to stay away from the witnesses.
She then fixed Feb 26 for remention.
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