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Prison, fine for RTD officer on corruption charge
KUALA LUMPUR: A Road Transport Department assistant enforcement officer was sentenced to one year’s jail and fined RM20,000 after he was found guilty of two corruption charges.
Sessions judge Ahmad Zamzani Mohd Zain in sentencing Norazha Izwan Mohd Aripin, 27, yesterday said the accused's defence was a mere denial and an afterthought.
"His testimony was not supported by other evidence," said Zamzani, adding that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt against the prosecution's case.
Norazha was charged with asking RM1,000 bribe from Ooi Aik Keng as an inducement for him not to take action against Ooi for driving a car with expired road tax and for modifying the car.
He was alleged to have committed the offence near BHP petrol station in Jalan Kuching at 5pm on Jan 4 last year.
Norazha was also found guilty of attempting to get RM1,000 bribe from Ooi for the same purpose at 8pm the same day.
Zamzani sentenced him to one year’s jail and RM10,000 fine for each offence and ordered him to serve the jail sentence concurrently.
Earlier, counsel Shahrullah Khan Nawab Zadah Khan mitigated that his client had married early this year and his wife was pregnant.
"He did not benefit from the offences as he did not take the money," he said.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Nur Lokman Samingan prosecuted.
Zamzani allowed Norazha's application for a stay of the jail sentence pending appeal and raised his bail from RM6,000 to RM10,000.