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By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, Aug 20: A police sergeant claimed trial to charges of agreeing to and receiving a bribe of RM3,500 in the Kuching Sessions Court today.
Ahmad Zhafri Mohd Ibrahim, 31, pleaded not guilty to both charges framed.
Sessions Court Judge Steve Ritikos allowed the accused to be released on a bail of RM10,000 and with two local sureties.
He also fixed Sept 6 this year for further mention and Dec 13 to 17 for trial.
According to the first charge, the accused as an agent of the government of Malaysia, who is a sergeant attached to Simunjan Police Station was accused of having corruptly accepted a total cash of RM3,500 from Wan Mohamad Nazid Wan Anuar as an inducement to alleviate Wan Mohamad’s offence regarding the case investigated under Section 43(1) of Road Transport Act 1987, at a stall in Simunjan, at 12.57pm, on July 23, 2018.
He was charged under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, and punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act, which carries an imprisonment term not exceeding twenty years and fine not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification which is the subject matter of the offence, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
For the second charge, he was found corruptly agreed to receive RM3,500 from Wan Mohamad as an inducement to alleviate Wan Mohamad offence regarding the case investigated under Section 43(1) of Road Transport Act 1987, at Simunjan District Police Station, Traffic Investigation Department, between 1.30pm to 2.30pm, on July 18, 2018.
He was charged under Section 16(a)(B) of the MACC 2009, which is punishable under Section 24 (1) of the same Act.
MACC deputy public prosecutor Nur Nisla Abdul Lafif prosecuted while the accused was represented by counsel Fadzillah Osman. — DayakDaily