Auxiliary Police Constable imprisoned for seven days for graft charge

The accused escorted by police officer.

By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Feb 28: The Sessions Court here sentenced a former Auxiliary Police Constable to an imprisonment of seven days and a fine of RM10,000 for taking bribes from a member of the public.

Sazri Sakawi, 27, pleaded guilty to the charge here today which Sessions Court Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong accepted and convicted him as charged.

Judge Nixon Kennedy sentenced him to an imprisonment of seven days and a fine of RM10,000 or in default to one month imprisonment.

Sazri was found to receive a gratification of RM200 as an inducement for forbearing to take legal action towards a workshop owner who was previously arrested for a narcotic case.

He was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24(1)(a) and (b) of the same Act, which carries an imprisonment not exceeding twenty years and fine not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is the higher, upon conviction.

According to the facts of the case, the accused pretended to be the investigating officer handling the complainant’s case and threatened the complainant with an arrest. The accused then asked the complainant to bank in RM1,000 to settle the case.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nur Nisla Abdul Latif prosecuted while the accused is unrepresented. — DayakDaily