Puchong sergeant charged with soliciting, receiving bribe

KHAIRAH N. KARIM


KUALA LUMPUR: A police sergeant was charged in two sessions courts today with soliciting and receiving a RM1,000 bribe from a housewife as an inducement against taking action on her husband who was suspected of abusing drugs.

Tarmizi Ishak, 51, from the Narcotics Investigation Department attached to the Puchong police station pleaded not guilty to the offences before judges Allaudeen Ismail here and Rozilah Salleh in Shah Alam.

At the KL sessions court, he was accused of acquiring a RM1,000 bribe from Siti Baizura Rosli, 22, as an inducement not to take action against her husband, Usman Tanreng, who was arrested after testing positive for drug use.

Tarmizi was alleged to have committed the offence at a restaurant in Presint 18, Putrajaya, at 6.45pm on Jan 18, 2015.

In mitigating, the accused, who is the breadwinner of his family, said he has six children to support and his wife is unemployed.

"I plead for a bail amount of between RM3,000 and RM5,000 be imposed, as that is the most reasonable amount for me. I could not afford to pay more than that," said the unrepresented accused.

In Shah Alam, Tarmizi was charged with asking for the same amount of bribe from the same person for the same reason.

The offence was allegedly committed at a stall beside Angsana Apartment in USJ 1, Subang Jaya, at 6pm on Jan 17, the same year.

Tarmizi was allowed RM12,000 bail with two sureties, and was ordered to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s office every month.

His case will be up for mention on April 14.

Earlier, Allaudeen allowed MACC deputy public prosecutor Nor Diana Nor Azwa's application for Tarmizi's cases to be heard in Shah Alam.