KUALA LUMPUR: A police inspector has been slapped with a RM2,000 (S$770) fine for contempt of court by attempting to intimidate and bribe a witness in a drug trafficking case involving an Australian.
Dominic Jude Bird, 34, from Perth, had applied for the contempt proceedings, accusing Insp Luther Nurjib @ Andrew of violating a court directive by approaching and harassing Mohd Fahrizal Rosli, a witness in Bird's trial.
Bird's counsel Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah submitted to the High Court here that on Dec 10, 2012, Insp Luther had entered the court lock-up where Mohd Fahrizal was being held for another case, and verbally intimidated him while pointing at a printout of a news story of Mohd Fahrizal's testimony.
Muhammad Shafee added that Insp Luther also attempted to bribe Mohd Fahrizal with RM400 and told him not to inform the defence lawyer that he had visited Mohd Fahrizal in the lock-up.
This happened despite another person being present in the lock-up, who later corroborated what had happened.
Justice Kamardin Hashim ruled that Muhammad Shafee had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Insp Luther had breached the court order he issued on Dec 7, 2012.
On March 1 last year, Bird was ordered to enter his defence on a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine weighing 167.8g at the Old Town White Coffee outlet at No.13, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng here.
Insp Luther, formerly attached to the narcotics department of the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, had acted as "agent provocateur" in arresting Bird during a raid.
Insp Luther, who was represented by lawyer C.B. Liang, later paid the fine.