Jobless man pleads not guilty to extorting fast-food chain manager

The court complex in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, July 3: An unemployed man today claimed trial to a charge of committing extortion by demanding a fast food chain manager pay “protection money”.

Magistrate Mohd Syukri Mokhtar fixed Aug 6 for pre-trial case management.

Accused Mohd Azif Masot Saleh, 35, from PGA Batu Kawa, had allegedly extorted a manager of McDonald’s in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman by demanding her to pay protection money and putting her in fear of certain injury at about noon on June 5 this year.

He is charged under Section 384 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum imprisonment term of 10 years, or with fine, or with whipping or with any two of such punishment, if convicted.

DPP Nadratun Naim Mohd Saidi prosecuted, while the accused was represented by lawyer Hani Iryani Bonny. — DayakDaily