SHAH ALAM - Sixteen policemen found themselves on the wrong side of the law when they were hauled to court to face graft charges.
Among them was a senior police officer in Kota Kinabalu with an exemplary service award. He was charged in the Corruption Court there with four other police personnel.
Sabah Commercial Crimes deputy chief Deputy Supt Abdul Mahyuddin Abdullah, 43, was accused of receiving RM5,000 (S$1,594) from one Josepin Langkan at a cafe in Taman Ridge-view on June 18, last year.
He was also charged with agreeing to receive RM500 from Josepin, who was being investigated for cheating, to refrain from taking action against her.
DSP Mahyuddin, who received the exemplary service award in 2013, was released on a RM20,000 bail.
With him in the dock were Insp Mohd Faiz Mohd Yusof, 32, anti-narcotics detective Elly Boniface Siew @ Siu Tugok, 38, and detective Liza Ambau, 39.
Insp Mohd Faiz was accused of accepting RM1,000 from one Zaleha Brahim on Feb 9, last year, at a carpark in Donggongon township in Penampang, and RM2,000 from her the next day in order not to act against one Rincah Labik who tested positive for drugs.
Insp Mohd Faiz also allegedly demanded RM6,000 from one Wong Kian Shung on April 8, last year, as an inducement not to take action against one Dahlia Andreas who had failed a police drug test.
He claimed trial and was released on a RM15,000 bail.
Detectives Elly and Liza were accused of demanding RM6,000 from Wong. Both were released on RM10,000 bail each.
In Shah Alam, three policemen were charged with corruption, in two courts.
In the first case, ASP Mohamad Foad Tugiah@Paimin, 37, and Kpl Mohamad Afif Abdullah, 36, from the Subang Jaya district police headquarters claimed trial to a charge of accepting RM3,000 from one Ang Boon Loong as an inducement not to act against him for withholding a borrower's ATM card.
In another Sessions Court, Kpl Mohd Yusairi Khairudin, 31, of the Semenyih police station, denied soliciting RM500 from Tofayel Md Mosharap, a Bangladeshi, to refrain from acting against him for driving without a licence in June, 2015.
Kpl Mohd Yusairi also pleaded not guilty to a charge of accepting RM500 from another Bangladeshi, Md Atiar Rahman Samul Haque.
In George Town, Insp Muhamad Hafizzuddin Hassan, 35, claimed trial to two charges of soliciting a bribe to "settle a case" that was under the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA).
He was alleged to have asked for between RM15,000 and RM20,000 from one Abdul Ghani Ismail, 47, at the Balik Pulau police headquarters' at about 3pm on April 8, 2015.
He faces another charge of soliciting RM30,000 from Abdul Ghani on May 18, 2015.
The bribes were allegedly for Insp Muhamad Hafizzuddin's superior, as an inducement to settle the case against one Ridduan Ahmad, 42, who was arrested under POCA.
Insp Muhamad Hafizzuddin claimed trial to the charges.
In Kuala Lumpur, a police officer and seven policemen claimed trial to charges of bribery, involving a total of RM12,100.