ALOR SETAR - A fire station chief has claimed trial in a Sessions Court to two counts of graft involving RM12,000 (S$4,400).
Senior officer Yaakob Hassan, 47, of Taman Kenari in Langkawi, denied soliciting a RM10,000 bribe from one Jamat Harun as an inducement to help close a police investigation into a criminal case involving Jamat's son Mohd Shafiq Affandi Jamat.
The incident allegedly took place at Jamat's house at Kampung Kilim, Mukim Ayer Hangat, Langkawi at about 7.46pm on Oct 13, 2012.
Yaakob, who is in charge of the Langkawi Fire and Rescue Station, also denied another charge of receiving a RM2,000 bribe from Jamat's other son Ahmad Ridzwan Jamat at the former's office at Jalan Kisap, Langkawi for a similar reason, at about 3pm on Oct 14, 2012.
Both charges which comes under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and fine of not less than five times the amount of bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Yaakob also faces an alternative charge of cheating Ahmad Ridzwan, by deceiving the latter into believing that the police investigation into the case of Mohd Shafiq was closed, and thereby inducing Ahmad Ridzwan into handing over RM2,000 to him.
The offence under Section 420 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of not less than one year and not more than 10 years with rotan and also liable to a fine.
Sessions judge Azhar Mokhtar allowed Yaakob a total of RM5,000 bail on all three charges and fixed Feb 26 to mention the case.
Yaakob was represented by Parmjit Singh while MACC's A. Hafiizh Abu Bakar appeared for the prosecution.