Cop charged with three counts of bribery

IPOH: A police lance corporal has claimed trial to three counts of bribery that took place about six years ago.

L/Kpl Mohd Effie Faizal Che Min, 35, pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court judge Ahmad Kamar Jamaludin when he was charged here yesterday.

On the first charge, the lance corporal based in Taiping is said to have demanded RM300 from one Khor Jin Siang for having an expired scrap goods licence at the Siyian Trading office in Taman Perindustrian Pengkalan, Taiping, on May 17, 2017, at about 3.40pm.

On the second alternative charge, he is said to have received the sum from Khor at the same location on the same day.

For the third alternative charge, he is said to have received a RM400 bribe from Khor through one Thang Kim Hoon after Siyian Trading failed to show its licence at the same location on April 4, 2017, at 5.30pm.

The first and third charges were framed under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, while the second was under Section 17(a) of the same law.

Deputy public prosecutor Maziyah Mansor proposed bail of RM5,000 for each charge in one surety.

Lawyer Shahidah Muslimah Roslan, who represented the accused, sought RM3,000 bail for all three charges.

“My client is the sole breadwinner. His wife is a housewife and they have to look after three children, aged eight, four and two.

“He also cares for his parents, who suffer from chronic diseases,” she said, adding that Mohd Effie has been a policeman since 2008 and never had prior issues.

Ahmad Kamar set bail at RM15,000 for all charges in one surety and fixed June 9 for next mention.

In Melaka, a one-week remand order was granted by the Magistrate’s Court against an ex-policeman in relation to an armed robbery at Taman Bukit Cheng.

The 35-year-old suspect was investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code.

Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Christopher Patit said the robbery took place at 12.05am on April 29 when a 25-year-old vegetable seller was relieved of his belongings, including RM400 in cash, by two men riding a motorcycle.

He said the victim was threatened by one of the suspects using a machete.

ACP Christopher said police managed to track down and detain a suspect on Tuesday.

“Several items were seized, including a bullet.

“Checks showed the suspect was terminated from the force in 2016,” he said.

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