Big Blue Taxi founder claims trial to bribery charges

SHAH ALAM (Bernama): Big Blue Taxi Premium Services founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail has been charged at the Sessions Court here with three counts of soliciting and receiving bribes.

Shamsubahrin, 55, pleaded not guilty after all the charges were read out to him before Judge Rozilah Salleh on Tuesday (Sept 7).

On the first and second charges, he is accused of soliciting RM15,000 and RM35,000 from Azizan Mohamed Yasin as inducement to resolve the latter’s case at the Court of Appeal.

The offences were allegedly committed at Jalan Perindustrian Suntracks, Bandar Baru Bangi and Hill Park, Bandar Teknologi Kajang Semenyih on March 3 and 7.

Shamsubahrin was also charged with accepting RM35,000 from Azizan for the same purpose at Section U8, Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam on March 10.

The charges framed under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act, provide for a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if convicted.

The court allowed the accused bail of RM40,000 with one surety and ordered him to report to the Selangor MACC office every month.

It also fixed Oct 8 for case mention.

MACC deputy public prosecutor Fadhli Ab Wahab appeared for the prosecution while the accused was represented by lawyers Datuk Shaharudin Ali, Muhammad Noor Azfar Noor Azmi and Zarina Ismail.

Earlier, Rozilah withdrew the warrant of arrest issued against Shamsubahrin for failing to appear in court on Aug 25. – Bernama

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