Indian national, cop in Kuching special court over separate graft charges

ADIB POVERA

PETRA JAYA: An Indian national and a police corporal were among three people charged at the Kuching Special Court for Corruption here today, for offering and accepting bribes respectively.


Restaurant operators, Balaji Ramachandran, 38, and Abdul Nasar Abdul Kassim, 52, from Sungai Buloh, Selangor pleaded not guilty to committing the offence two years ago.


Balaji, who has been residing in Sarawak for almost four years, and Nasar were jointly charged with offering RM500 in bribe to Immigration officer Azmee Amin, at a restaurant near here at 12.10pm on Nov 12, 2015.


According to the charge sheet, the bribe was an inducement for Azmee to not take action against a worker at Balaji's curry house restaurant, who had abused his temporary employment visit pass.


Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong imposed RM10,000 in court bail, in which RM5,000 to be deposited with two sureties, against both of the accused.


He also fixed Mar 29 for mention and hearing for four days beginning Apr 10.


In the same court room, corporal Zuliskandar Zolkeflee pleaded not guilty to accepting bribe when he was making his rounds at Jalan Kerunding here at 6.05pm on Sept 6 last year.


Zuliskandar, 39, who is currently attached with the Kuching district police headquarters' Mobile Patrol Vehicle Unit, was accused of accepting RM250 from Ahmad Nazree Azizi Zamri and Mohammad Zulhaffizan Noor.


He was accused of accepting the bribe as an inducement for him from taking any actions against Nazree and Zulhaffizan, who had no driving licence and suspected of drug abuse respectively.


Kennedy later set RM8,000 bail in two sureties and fixed trial from Apr 17 until Apr 21 for Zuliskandar's case.


Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission prosecuting officers Mohd Asri Abu Mansur and Ikhwan Mohd Ibrahim prosecuted while all of the accused were unrepresented.