Police corporals claim trial to bribery

KOTA KINABALU: Two police corporals have pleaded not guilty in a Corruption Court here to 11 bribery charges.

Kpl Sabestino Bong, 42, and Kpl Haikal Ibrahim Abdullah, 32, claimed trial to the charges before Special Corruption Court judge Abu Bakar Manat here yesterday.

Kpl Bong, who was attached with the Kota Belud narcotics division, is accused of first receiving RM200 from a drug-related crime suspect on June 6, 2017, as an inducement to not proceed with the case.

He is accused of a second charge of receiving another RM100 for the same purpose.

Kpl Haikal, who was also attached with the same police station, faces nine charges of receiving bribes totalling RM1,570 between May 23, 2017, and July 6, 2018.

The court set RM6,000 bail with a local surety for Kpl Bong and RM8,000 bail with a local surety for Kpl Haikal.

Kpl Bong, who is now based in Lahad Datu, is required to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in the district once every two months and surrender his passport to the court.

Kpl Haikal is required to do the same in Sandakan.

Both accused are warned against contacting or tampering with any of the prosecution witnesses throughout this trial.

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