Cops plead not guilty to taking bribes

JOHOR BARU - Three men, including two policemen, pleaded not guilty to soliciting and accepting bribes under four separate charges at the Sessions Court here.

Kpl Kamarulzaman Khamis, 45, Kons Zamzuri Idha Ismawi, 27, and store worker Cheah Chee Seng, 27, claimed trial before judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz after being charged with bribery that was an inducement not to detain car service centre worker Lee Tau Hoo, 36, for drug possession.

The trio had allegedly requested for RM15,000 (S$5800) from Lee, who was suspected to be in possession of drugs, at a parking lot in Plaza DNP along Jalan Abdullah Tahir here at about 1am on Oct 18 last year.

It was also alleged that Lee had later handed over RM1,800 to the group near a bank in Taman Johor Jaya here at about 2.30am on the same day and another RM500 20 minutes later.

At about 1pm the following day, the group had allegedly accepted an additional RM5,000 from Lee to overlook his allegedly illegal activities.

The trio were charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which carries a jail term of not more than two years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

MACC prosecuting officer Ridzuan Abdul Malik requested bail to be set at RM40,000 for each accused, or RM10,000 for each charge.

However, lawyer for all the accused, Noordin Hussin, said his clients could not afford the amount.

Mohamad Haldar then set bail at RM20,000 for each accused, with the next mention and case management on Sept 17.