Businessman pleads not guilty to offering policeman RM58,700 bribe

The accused being escorted out of Kota Samarahan Sessions Court.

By Dorcas Ting

KOTA SAMARAHAN, June 12: A businessman suspected of keeping uncustomed goods claimed trial to attempting to bribe an assistant superintendent of police.

Sikah Gelai, 56, was charged with one charge here today. He pleaded not guilty to the charge framed.

Sessions Court Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong fixed July 1 for pre-trial case management and alternative trial to be on July 23, July 29 and August 12.

He allegedly gave cash gratification of RM58,700 to Assistant Superintendent Mohd. Mazlan Mohd Ariff as an inducement to forbear from taking legal action against the accused who is alleged of committing an offence under Section 135(1)(a) of the Customs Act 1967 for keeping uncustomed goods at his house located in Kampung Triboh, at about 1pm on March 30, 2019.

He was charged under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24(1)(a) and (b) of the same Act, which carries imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and fine not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is the higher, upon conviction.

DPP Nur Nisla Abd Latif prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented by counsel.—DayakDaily