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Inspector jailed over bribe
Published on: Friday, June 21, 2024
By: Lagatah Toyos
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Inspector jailed over bribe
The offence under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.
TAWAU: A police Inspector was jailed a year and fined RM18,000 or three months’ jail for receiving bribe of RM3,500, seven years ago.

Sessions Court Judge Jason Juga meted out the sentence on Roney Saimeh Sakah, 43, after ruling that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Roney was found guilty of accepting the bribes from Rostam Arsad as inducement to settle an accident case under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act to not proceed with the charge in court.

The offence took place at 11am on Apr 7, 2017 at the Lahad Datu police station.

The offence under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

The court allowed Roney’s application for a stay of execution of the custodial sentence pending appeal to the High Court against the decision but the fine must be paid on Thursday.

During mitigation, counsel Zahir Shah, who represented Roney, asked for leniency saying that it was his first offence.

Zahir told the court that Roney had married and has one child and that he was in the Royal Police since 2001.

However, Prosecuting Officer Dzulkarnain Rousan Hasbi urged the court to impose a heavy sentence which was a fine of RM17,500 and jail sentence of at least five years.

He submitted that corruption was a serious offence and the case involved a government servant.

He added that policemen should play an important role in combating crime and defending the rule of law and not received bribes.

Twenty prosecution and three defence witnesses testified during the hearing.

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