BUTTERWORTH: A former district officer gave RM30,000 as an inducement to a woman to retract sexual harassment accusations against him.
For that, former central Seberang Prai district officer Roslan Yahaya got three years in jail and was fined RM150,000 ($55, 900)in default 12 months' jail yesterday.
Sessions judge Julie Lack Abdullah held that the defence had failed to cast reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case against Roslan.
The 54-year-old was on trial for giving the money to the woman's husband, through another man, at around 10.30pm on Jan 3, 2013 at a nasi kandar restaurant in Seberang Jaya.
The money was said to be an inducement for the 29-year-old woman to retract her accusations against Roslan.
The offence under Section 16(b)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, provides for a jail term of 20 years, and a fine of up to five times the bribe amount or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
The judge also ruled that Roslan paid the RM30,000 to withdraw the sexual harassment charge against him.
She ordered Roslan to serve the jail term from the date of his conviction yesterday.
The court also allowed Roslan a stay of execution on his jail term pending his appeal, with a bail of RM15,000.
He paid the RM150,000 fine.
Roslan was represented by M.M. Athimulan and S. Anthonysamy, while DPP Ahmad Ghazali Muhamad Nadzri from MACC appeared for the prosecution.
In January 2013, Roslan was charged at the Bukit Mertajam magistrate's court for molesting a woman at his office in Jalan Betek, Sungai Rambai, on April 26, 2010.
The case is still pending.