KUANTAN: Two policemen pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to two counts of receiving bribe, totalling RM4,000 from a businessman, who was allegedly found in possession of smuggled cigarettes.
Lance Corporal Shafiq Kharidan and Corporal Muhamad Nurlizam Ali, 32, both from the Traffic branch of the Kuala Lipis district police headquarters, made the plea before judge Datuk Mohd Ghazali Mohamad Taib.
They were jointly charged with receiving RM3,000 from Yew Joo Sim as an inducement for action not to be taken against him and another person, for allegedly in possession of smuggled cigarettes.
The offence was committed at about 10pm on Sept 23, 2016 at Jalan Felda Kechau to Bandar Lipis, near the exit to Pahang Club in Kuala Lipis.
The two policemen were also charged with receiving RM1,000 from Yew for the same purpose at about 10.30 pm on Sept 24, 2016 at Restoran Lipis Capaty Curry House. Taman Cahaya, Kuala Lipis.
They were charged under Section 17 (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and faced an imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe involved, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
Mohd Ghzali allowed the two policemen bail of RM5,000 for both counts each and set Sept 14 for mention.
Deputy public prosecutors from MACC Mohd Khairulhazman Ghazali and Mohd Fadly Mohd Zaki prosecuted, while Shafiq and Muhamad Nurlizam were represented by lawyer Saifuldin Ab Rahman, from the Legal Aid Bureau. — BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd