Award-winning senior policeman, three others charged with bribery

BY JULIA CHAN
Inspector Mohd Faiz Mohd Yusof (centre, in glasses) being brought to court to be charged for accepting bribes amounting to RM3,000 in a Narcotics case in Penampang, Sabah March 9, 2017.

KOTA KINABALU, March 9 — Four policemen, including a high-ranking officer who was decorated for exemplary service, were charged with corruption at the Sessions Court here today.

Deputy Superintendent Abdul Mahyuddin Abdullah who is the deputy chief of Sabah Commercial Crimes claimed trial to three counts receiving bribes totalling RM5,500 from one Josepin Langkan on two separate occasions in June last year.

The 43-year-old was also accused of asking for RM20,000 from Josepin who was investigated for cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code; the money was allegedly offered to avoid her prosecution.

Sessions Court judge Abu Bakar Manaf set bail for Mahyuddin at RM20,000, with a deposit of RM8,000.

Three other policemen from the Penampang Anti-Narcotics Department were also charged with bribery in the same courtroom.

Inspector Mohd Faiz Mohd Yusof, 32  was accused of accepting RM1,000 in cash from Zaleha Brahim on February 9, 2016 at a car park in Donggongon, Penampang and another RM2,000 the following day.

The bribe was allegedly to stop him from taking action against Rincah Labik who had tested positive for drugs.

He was also accused of demanding RM6,000 from Wong Kian Shung last April 8 at the Penampang police station so no action to be taken against Dahlia Andreas who had been tested positive for drugs.

The judge set bail for Mohd Faiz at RM15,000, with a deposit of RM5,000.

Police corporal Elly Boniface Siew @ Siu Anak Tugok, 38 and corporal Liza Ambau, 39 pleaded not guilty to a charge of demanding RM6,000 and RM3,000 respectively from Wong as an inducement for not taking action against Dahlia.

Bail for both Elly and Liza was set at RM10,000 each, with half to be deposited with the court.

Mohd Mahyuddin was represented by lawyer PJ Perira while Mohd Faiz, Elly and Liza were represented by Luke Ressa Balang.

Rustam Sanip from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecuted.

The judge fixed April 26 for mention for all four accused.