Immigration officer claims trial to graft

SEREMBAN: An Immigration Department officer has claimed trial to 10 counts of accepting bribes totalling RM7,600.

Razali Ahmad, 41, pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to him before Sessions judge Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi here on Tuesday (May 21).

The accused, who works at department headquarters in Putrajaya, was charged with receiving between RM500 and RM1,000 from an individual between Dec 25, 2018 and June 7, 2022.

The money, which was allegedly given to the accused concerning his official work, was allegedly transferred online into his bank account.

The accused was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both upon conviction.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Rif'ah Izzati Abdul Mutalif proposed bail of RM10,000.

She also asked the court to order the accused to surrender his passport and to report to the MACC office once a month until disposal of the case.

Razali's counsel Low Carmen sought lower bail, saying the accused had to provide for his family; and that he be allowed to retain his passport as he had to travel for work.

Judge Meor Sulaiman then set bail at RM5,000 and ordered the accused to hand over his passport as well as to report to the MACC office once a month.

The court then fixed July 23 for next mention.

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