Traffic police sergeant was charged with 6 counts of bribery worth RM16,800
Traffic police sergeant was charged with 6 counts of bribery worth RM16,800

Traffic police sergeant was charged with 6 counts of bribery worth RM16,800

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MALKA: A traffic police sergeant was arraigned at the Court of Sessions in Air Kero, today, on six counts of accepting bribes amounting to RM16,800 between 2016 and 2021 to protect a lorry company accused of carrying an overload.

However, the accused, Muhammad Hanif Muhammad, 36, pleaded not guilty after all the charges against him were read before Judge Elsabit Paya Wan.

As per the first charge, the accused allegedly took a bribe of RM2,400 via online transfer from a corporate manager through a Maybank account between January 6 to October 11, 2016 at the Islamic Maybank branch Berhad Ayer Keroh, here.

The accused allegedly accepted the bribery as a temptation to not take enforcement action on the company’s trucks under the Road Transportation Act 1987.

For the second to sixth counts, the accused was accused of repeating the same offense by taking a bribe of RM14,400 from the same company on January 14 to December 12, 2017; From January 10 to December 10, 2018; From January 10 to December 11, 2019; From January 15 to December 15, 2020; and January 11 to February 15, 2021.

All charges are brought under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and are punishable under Section 24 of the same act, which provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of not less than five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000 Malaysian whichever is higher, in case of conviction.

The prosecution conducted the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Authority’s Deputy Attorney General, Erwan Shah Abdul Samat, who suggested that the accused be released on bail of RM5,000 for all charges with the additional condition of submitting a report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Authority office every month and handing over an international passport to the court.

However, attorney Ishaq Muhammad Kari who spoke on behalf of the defense attorney, Azrul Zulkifli Stork, reported that the accused did not have a passport, except for the low bail request because the accused had children and a wife as well as a mother and two brothers still. study.

Then the court allowed the accused to release him on bail of 5,000 Malaysian ringgit with one guarantee, and ordered him to submit a monthly report at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Authority office until the end of the trial.

The case is scheduled to be returned for submission of documents on August 22.

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