SEREMBAN: A policeman and his retired colleague were charged at the sessions court here today with accepting bribes amounting to RM10,000 four years ago.
Corporal Norfazlizan Mat Zain, 34, and former constable Mohd Fairuz Abd Jalil, 37, pleaded not guilty to the charge in front of Judge Fathiyah Idris.
The duo was charged with accepting RM3,000; RM5,000 and RM2,000 from a man as an inducement to not take action against him for possessing and selling smuggled cigarettes at Taman Kiara, Sikamat, here.
The offence was allegedly carried out at three different locations, namely the Sikamat Police Station, a convenience store in Taman Sri Pulai, and the Berakas Police Station Sikamat here, between Dec 7 and 13, 2014.
They were charged under Section 17 (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, and could be jailed a maximum of 20 years, or fined up to five times the bribe amount, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
The prosecution was conducted by MACC deputy public prosecutor Nurdiyanah Mohd Nawawi.
Mohd Fairuz was represented by lawyer Haijan Omar, while Norfazlizan was not represented.
In an appeal for a reduction of the bail amount, Haijan told the court that his client was laid off a year ago, while Norfazlizan said he has to provide for three young children and that his wife does not work.
The court then allowed bail of RM15,000 each and fixed March 9 for mention.