JOHOR BARU: A former assistant district officer was charged at the Sessions Court here with accepting a bribe worth RM10,000 in October last year.
The 37-year-old accused Nazri Izuddin Madon pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him in front of judge Ahmad Kamal Arifin Ismail here on Tuesday (July 27).
According to the charge sheet, the accused had allegedly accepted bribes amounting to RM10,000 from an individual.
The money was an inducement for the accused to appoint certain companies to carry out the work of the Johor state housing assistance project and small work projects in the Segamat district for the year 2020.
The offence was allegedly committed at the Segamat District Office at about 2.45pm on Oct 19, 2020.
The charge was framed under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 (Act 694), and is punishable in accordance with Section 24(1) of the same Act.
It carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the total amount of the bribe or whichever is higher.
The case was handled by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Zander Lim Wai Keong while the accused was represented by lawyer Abdul Rahim Ali.
Earlier, Zander offered bail of RM10,000 with one surety, with additional terms that the accused handed over his international passport to the court and to report to the Johor MACC office every month.
However, the accused's lawyer in mitigation pleaded with the court to reduce the bail to RM7,000 as the accused has two children, one of whom has chronic eczema.
"The accused is still working at a state government agency in Johor Baru but has to care for a child with a chronic illness and his wife had to take a temporary leave to focus on taking care of their child," he said.
The court then set bail of RM7,000 with one surety, and Nazri was ordered to surrender his passport and to report to the Johor MACC office every month.
The court then set Aug 16 for mention. The accused paid the bail.