KOTA KINABALU: Two people, including a civil servant, were remanded for five days as part of an investigation into the alleged solicitation of a bribe amounting to RM35,000.
The suspects – the 54-year-old civil servant and a 46-year-old who acted as a runner – allegedly solicited the bribe from an individual who was seeking the release of their father’s land title from the Beaufort Land Title Department.
Magistrate’s court judge Afiq Agoes granted the remand application filed by
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) public prosecutor Mohd Faliq Basiruddin this morning.
The suspects were detained separately last night – one at a restaurant in Beaufort, and another at MACC’s district office here – following after a report lodged by the victim earlier in the day.
According to the facts of the case, the runner solicited the bribe from the victim on Thursday.
His arrest led police to the second suspect, who is believed to have conspired to be the middle man for a cut of the bribe.
The case is being investigated under Section 16 (a) (A) of the MACC Act 2009 for soliciting/receiving gratification.