KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Two traders were charged in the Sessions Court here on Tuesday (April 27) with corruptly agreeing to accept RM30,000 as inducement to cover-up a corruption case that was still under investigation.
Fish monger Mohd Faizal Ahmad Mazlan, 42, and marinated chicken seller Abas Yaacob, 46, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge before judge Rozina Ayob.
They were charged with corruptly agreeing to accept RM30,000 from one Yuslie Mohd Yusop through Azhar Ariffin, as an inducement to close a case that was being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Yuslie.
The offence was allegedly committed at a restaurant, Jalan Pudu Hulu here, at 9.32pm on Feb 3, 2017.
The two traders were charged under Section 16 (a) (A) of the MACC Act 2009, punishable under Section 24 of the same act and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe, or RM10,000 whichever is higher, upon conviction.
The court allowed the two men bail of RM8,000 with one surety and also ordered them to surrender their passports, as well as to report themselves at a MACC office once a month pending disposal of the case.
The court set May 27 for mention.
The prosecution was conducted by MACC Deputy Public Prosecutor Nor Diana Nor Azwa while lawyers Normah Desa and Evawani Farisyta Mohammad represented Mohd Faizal and Abas, respectively.
The court set May 27 for mention. - Bernama