JOHOR BARU: Three policemen pleaded not guilty at the sessions court here on Monday to two counts of soliciting and receiving a bribe from a civilian last year.

Lance Corporal Azizan Mohamad, 30, Lance Corporal Muhammad Azman Najmi Sabran, 26, and Lance Corporal Abdul Manan Abdul Satar, 33, were charged with soliciting RM5,000 from Lim Seng Aik as an inducement to not take action against him and another man, Ng Kien Siong, who had been arrested for drug possession.

The trio was accused of committing the offence in front of a bank at Jalan Masai 1, Plentong here on Oct 9, 2016 at about 1am.

The three policemen, who were attached to the Motorcycle Patrol Unit of the Seri Alam police headquarters at the time, were also charged with receiving RM2,250 from the same person for the same purpose.

They were accused of committing the offence at Jalan Teratai 18, Taman Johor Jaya here on the same date at 4.50am.

For the first offence, they were charged under Section 16 (a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which is punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act; and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code.

For the second offence, they were charged under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 which is punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act; and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code.

MACC prosecuting officer Norsyarina Raizan asked for bail to be set at RM30,000 for each of the accused.

In mitigation, counsel Rosli Kamaruddin, who was representing Azizan, said his client had served in the force for 11 years and is still a civil servant.

"He also has a wife and two young children and is caring for his parents in Tumpat, Kelantan," said Rosli.

Mohd Fazaly Ali Mohd Ghazaly, who was representing the other two accused, said both have been suspended from their jobs since they were arrested by the MACC.

"Both have a wife and a young child and are making only about RM2,800 a month," said Fazaly.

Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir set bail at RM10,000 each and ordered them to report to the MACC office on the first week of every month until the case is over.

He then set Jan 9 next year for re-mention of the case.

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Three policemen pleaded not guilty at the sessions court here on Monday to two counts of soliciting and receiving a bribe from a civilian last year. (pix by Hairul Anuar Abd Rahim)