Mohamed Basyir

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) officer was charged at the magistrate's court here today with extorting a policeman in June.

Rommy Ma'aruf, 38, of MACC Putrajaya's office, was brought to court before Magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap. He claimed trial to the offence.

The man, who was in charge of monitoring gambling activities at Seberang Perai Tengah, was accused of extorting RM3,000 from a policeman in the district.

The offence was committed near a Seberang Jaya Petronas petrol station at 9.30pm on June 8.

He was then arrested by the police the next day at a restaurant at Taman Machang Bubok at 10.20pm.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Mohd Hafiz Hashim initially requested for no bail on the case but later proposed a RM8,000 bail if the court decided to allow it.

Lawyer Chan Ai Mei, who appeared for the accused, pleaded for a lower bail.

Jamaliah then allowed bail at RM8,000 with one surety and ordered the accused to report himself at the nearest police station every two weeks.

The court sets January 4 for mention and document submission.

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A Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) officer was charged at the magistrate's court here today with extorting a policeman in June. (File pix)