Big Blue Taxi founder claims trial to RM10,000 graft charge

KUALA LUMPUR: Big Blue Taxi Services founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail has claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to a charge of bribery involving RM10,000.

Shamsubahrin, 55, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to him before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayub here on Friday (Aug 27).

According to the charge sheet, Shamsubahrin allegedly accepted for himself a RM10,000 bribe through a bank account belonging to one Yusfazila Md Yusoff, 38, as an inducement for him to help resolve a case involving Azizan Mohamed Yasin at the Court of Appeal.

The businessman was accused of committing the offence at Ambank, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, at about 1.45pm on March 4.

The charge under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 carries imprisonment up to 20 years, and a fine of up to five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Prosecuting officer Abd Muntaqim Abdul Aziz from the MACC offered bail at RM5,000 bail in one surety.

Lawyer Muhammad Noor Azfar Muhammad Noor Azmi, who represented the accused, asked for a lower bail, saying his client had fully cooperated during the investigation.

“My client is the sole breadwinner for his family. He has five children. His business is greatly affected due to the movement control order,” he said.

The judge then fixed bail at RM2,000 in one surety and ordered the accused to surrender his passport pending the disposal of the case, which is set for mention on Oct 1.

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