Five cops claim trial to bribery charges
Published on: Saturday, October 16, 2021
By: Cynthia D Baga
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Kota Kinabalu: Five policemen, including an Inspector, were charged with accepting bribes amounting to RM7,970.

They were Insp. Joevian Gubal Michael, 41, Constable Afizul Azwan Anuar, 29, Lance Corporal Hairul Amid, 36, Sargeant Azizul Ismail, 32, and Corporal Abdullah Bakir, 44.

They pleaded not guilty separately before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to the charges against them on Friday.

Joevian, Afizul and Azizul have four charges, while Hairul has five charges and Abdullah has 18 charges.

Joevian is accused of getting RM900, RM500, RM500 and RM500 in bribes from one Anizan Misdaranai, 39, as inducement to not take action against him for a drug offence.

The crime allegedly took place between Nov. 16, 2016 and Jan 3, 2017 at BSN in Kota Belud.

Meanwhile, Afizul, on the first to fourth counts, allegedly got bribes of RM150, RM150, RM70 and RM100 from the same person for the same purpose between April 13 and May 17, 2017 also in BSN Kota Belud.

Azizul, on the first to fourth counts, is accused of getting bribes of RM200, RM100, RM300 and RM300, also from Anizan for the same purpose between April 24 and July 30, 2017 also in Kota Belud.

Hairul, on the first to fifth counts, is accused of getting the bribes of RM500, RM500, RM450, RM50 and RM500 also from the same person and same purpose between Aug 11, 2017 and June 29, 2018.

Meanwhile, Abdullah, on the first to 18 counts, allegedly got bribes amounting RM2,200 from Anizan for the same purpose between April 4, 2014 and Oct 1, 2015.

All the charges stated that the money had been banked-in into the five respective bank accounts.

The charge, under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act, provides for an imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine of RM10,000 or not less than five times the amount of the bribe, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

Joevian who was represented by counsel Sylvester Kuan and Hairul who by counsel Azhier Arisin, were released on bail of RM10,000 with RM4,000 deposited in a local surety each.

Afizul who defended by counsel P.J Perira, was offered bail of RM8,000 with RM3,000 deposited in a local surety.

Azizul, was released on bail of RM8,000 with RM4,000 deposited in a local surety and he was defended by Sylvester.

Meanwhile, Abdullah was allowed bail of RM10,000 with RM5,000 deposited in a local surety and he was represented by Perira.

The court ordered all five to report to the MACC office once in two months and their passports, if any, to be impounded by the court until the disposal of their case.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Izzati Sapifee appeared for the prosecution.


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