Sandakan cop pleads not guilty to bribe charge in special corruption court

KOTA KINABALU: A 30-year-old policeman pleaded not guilty to the offence of accepting RM3,500 bribe from a civilian, when the charge was read at Sandakan special corruption court on Tuesday (March 21).

Mohd Razif Hashim who is ranked as Lance Corporal and based at the Sandakan district police headquarters, faced the charge under Section 16 (a) (A) of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 which is an offence for receiving gratification.

He therefore was liable to be penalised under Section 24 (1) of the same Act where if found guilty, could be jailed to a maximum of twenty years and fined no less than five times the amount of gratification, or RM10,000, whichever was higher.

The accused allegedly committed the offence on June 30, 2021 at 11.30am inside a car parked near Pasar Bandar Sibuga Jaya, Batu 8 there, where he accepted the cash in exchange of returning the civilian’s items which consisted of a motorcycle, two passports and debt books seized during an accident on June 27 that year.

Judge Jason Anak Juga set RM10,000 bail (RM2,000 deposit) with a local surety.

The accused, who was not represented by a lawyer, was also ordered to report himself to the Sandakan MACC office once in two months and his passport is to be surrendered to the court.

The re-mention of the case is set for May 18 this year.

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