Hamzah Zainudin’s former aide in the dock for bribery

Facing charges: Sayed Amir is seen at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: A former political secretary to Opposition leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin has claimed trial at the Sessions Court to accepting a RM350,000 bribe linked to a maintenance and spare part supply tender for the police force.

Sayed Amir Muzzakkir Al Sayed Mohamad, 42, pleaded not guilty after two charges were read out to him before Sessions judge Azura Alwi here yesterday.

According to the first and second charges, the accused allegedly accepted RM100,000 and RM250,000 from Syarikat Nexuscorp Group Sdn Bhd managing director Wan Azhar Mohamed Yusof on two occasions.

The offences were allegedly committed at the office of Yayasan Tanah Aku, Solaris Dutamas, at 4pm on Dec 4, 2020, and 3.30pm on Dec 16, 2020 respectively.

The monies were said to be an inducement for the accused to help the company obtain a tender to maintain and supply the spare parts for the infrastructure, server, software and RMPNET radio system for the police, worth RM381,112,042.44.

The charges were framed under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act.

Sayed Amir may face a maximum 20 years’ imprisonment and fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

Deputy public prosecutor Zander Lim offered bail at RM100,000 in one surety.

Azura fixed bail at RM60,000 in one surety and imposed additional conditions on the accused, namely for the accused to report himself to the MACC office monthly, to surrender his passport to the court, and to not harass the witnesses especially Wan Azhar until the disposal of the case.

The case is fixed for mention on July 12.

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