KUALA LUMPUR: Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli has been charged at the Sessions Court here with abuse of power to obtain a contract for a company linked to his family members.
The 57-year-old pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to him before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob here on Thursday (Oct 14).
Rozman was accused of using his position as Labuan Port Authority deputy chairman to secure an employment contract as an operator of Dermaga Merdeka Pelabuhan Labuan for Labuan Liberty Port Management Sdn Bhd, in which his father and brother have stakes.
The offence was allegedly committed at the Transport Ministry headquarters, Jalan Tun Hussein, Precinct 4, Putrajaya between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on March 23, 2018.
The charge under Section 23(1) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission Act 2009 carries a maximum 20-year jail term and a fine not less than five times the amount or value of the gratification, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib informed the court that the prosecution and defence had agreed for bail to be fixed at RM100,000.
Rozman’s lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali confirmed the agreement to the court.
The court fixed bail at RM100,000 in one surety and ordered the accused to surrender his passport.
Judge Rozina also asked for the bailor to be someone from the peninsula and who lives in Kuala Lumpur.
"In the event that a movement control order is imposed, it would be hard (if the bailor is based out of state)," she said.
The case is fixed for mention on Nov 19.