BUTTERWORTH: Two policemen pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of bribery at the Sessions Court here on Tuesday (April 27).
Bribery charges were slapped on Corporal Mohamad Faizal Hashim (five counts) and Inspector Syed Amir Syed Kamarul Baharim (one count), dating back to 2016.
The 35-year-old corporal and 37-year-old inspector were jointly charged with receiving a RM1,500 bribe from an Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) agent provocateur named Shahrizal Abdul Rahman, who used the alias Faizal Rahim.
The two are accused of receiving the bribe as an inducement to not take action against Faizal's illegal ketum business under Section 30(3) of the Poisons Act at Restoran Mashitah Tomyam in Kepala Batas on July 23,2016 at around 8.30pm.
They were both charged under Section 16(a)(B) of the MACC Act 2009, which is punishable under Section 24 of the same Act, which provides for a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribes or RM10,000, whichever is higher, on conviction.
Deputy Public Prosecutor S. Selvaranjini who acted on behalf of the MACC, requested for the court to set bail at RM30,000.
CP Ang from Syed Amir and Amrick Singh Sandu, representing Mohamad Faizal, appealed for a lighter bail for their respective client.
Amrick Singh asked the court for RM5,000 bail for his client.
Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid set bail at RM8,000 each and fixed May 28 for next mention for submission of documents.
Additional conditions imposed on the duo were to hand over their respective passports to the court and to report to the MACC headquarters once every month pending the disposal of their case.
Separately, in the same court, Corporal Mohamad Faizal was charged with four other counts of bribery.
He was charged with taking bribes adding up to RM3,500 from the same agent provocateur, for the same offence, at three eateries and a petrol station in Bukit Mertajam and Kepala Batas here between 2.05pm on July 25,2016 and 6pm on Sept 6,2016.
All four charges were under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act which carries a jail term of up to 20 years, and a fine of not less than five times the bribe value, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Selvaranjini, assisted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Mastura Zakaria, asked the court to set bail at RM20,000 for all four charges.
Amrick Singh, however, pleaded to the court for a lenient bail for his client, urging the court to set bail at RM1,000 for each charge.
"My client has been imposed with an RM8,000 bail for the joint charge.
"He has been cooperating with the MACC in the course of their investigation since 2016," he added.
Ahmad Azhari allowed bail at RM10,000 and fixed the same date (May 28) for mention and the submission of documents.