Police corporal pleads not guilty to 101 charges of bribery

IPOH: A marine policeman who claimed trial to 43 counts of bribery on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to another 101 charges against him.

Kpl Zubairi Abdul Mutalib, 60, claimed trial to all 101 charges before Sessions Court judge S. Indra Nehru here on Wednesday (Jan 27).

Zubairi was accused of accepting bribes amounting to about RM243,040 in the 101 charges under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.

He was said to have received between RM7,285 to RM123,390 from seven individuals from May 2016 until July 2019 as an inducement to not take action against their fishing boats.

Alternative charges under Section 165 of the Penal Code were also read to him.

Zubairi had on Tuesday (Jan 26) pleaded not guilty to 43 counts of bribery before judge N. Priscilla Hemamalini.

He was said to have received a total of RM146,350 between May 2016 and July 2019 from the savings account of Lim Mee Lan as an inducement not to take action on the owner of several vessels that had committed offences under the Fisheries Act.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribes or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Indra Nehru set bail for RM48,000 with one surety for all charges.

Lawyer Muhamad Aizat Fakri represented Zubairi while MACC Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin prosecuted.

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