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KUALA LUMPUR: A former security manager of a tobacco firm claimed trial today to accepting graft of RM20,000 payment for his son's flight school fee to renew a security contract.
Datuk L.R. Ronald Louis, 50, was alleged to have received the amount from A. Kanapathy as inducement to ensure JT International Tobacco Sdn Bhd renew a contract with Strikeforce Security Sdn Bhd, a provider of security services.
The accused allegedly received the money as payment for his son's Private Pilot's License tuition fees.
He allegedly committed the offence at RHB Berhad at RHB Bank Centre, Jalan Tun Razak, here, on June 17, 2008.
Kanapathy is the manager of Strikeforce. Ronald is now the director-manager of the Japanese tobacco firm's Hong Kong branch.
He faces a minimum 14 days' jail and maximum 20 years' jail, and a fine of RM10,000 or five times the amount of graft amount, whichever is higher, if convicted.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Sophian Zakaria, representing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, applied for bail be set at RM15,000 with one surety.
Sessions Court judge Rozilah Salleh offered RM15,000 with one surety. He fixed June 13 for mention and three days beginning Aug 13 for hearing.
The accused was represented by H.R. Dipendra.