Four Sabah Cops Claim Trial To Graft Charges

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KOTA KINABALU – Four policemen, including two officers, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to receiving bribes from the public totalling RM43,500.

DSP Mohd Mahyuddin Abdullah, 44, of the Sabah Police Commercial Crime Investigation Department, was charged with three counts of obtaining cash bribes from the public.

For the first and second charge, Mohd Mahyuddin allegedly received a bribe of RM20,000 and a valuable item worth RM500 from Josep J. Langkn as an inducement for not taking legal action on a cheating offence.

Mohd Mahyuddin committed the offences at a parking lot and inside the Mini Cafe & Bar in Taman Ridgeview, near here, between 9pm and 10.30pm, on June 15, 2016.

For the third charge, Mohd Mahyuddin allegedly received RM5,000 from Josepin as an inducement not to take legal action over a cheating offence. His is alleged to have committed the offence at the parking lot of Kolej Yayasan Sabah here between 9.50am and 10am, on June 18, 2016.

Meanwhile, three policemen including an officer from the Narcotics Division, Penampang District Police Headquarters (IPD), were jointly charged with receiving a bribe of RM15,000 from Wong Kian Shung as an inducement not to take action against Dahlia Andreas who tested positive for drugs.

Inspector Mohd Fa’iz Mohd Yusof, 32, Corporal Elly Boniface@Siu Anak Tugok, 36, and Corporal Liza Ambau, 39, allegedly committed the offence at the Narcotics office IPD Penampang between 11pm to 12 midnight on April 8, 2016.

Mohd Fa’iz was also charged with two more counts of receiving RM3,000 from Zaleha Brahim as an inducement not to take action against Rinciah Labik who tested positive for drugs under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Mohd Fa’iz is accused of committing both offences at a car park near Restoran Nikmat Pekan Donggongon, near here, on Feb 9 and 10, 2016.

Mohd Mahyuddin and Mohd Fa’iz were charged under Section 17 (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and Section 16 (a) (B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, while Elly Boniface and Liza were each charged under Section 16 (a) (B) of the same act.

Judge Abu Bakar Mana allowed bail at RM20,000 for Mohd Mahyuddin; Mohd Fa’iz (RM15,000), Elly Boniface (RM10,000) and Liza RM10,000 with one surety for each accused and ordered them to surrender their passports to the court.

He fixed April 26 for re-mention and submission of documents.

Mohd Mahyuddin’s prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Rozanna Abd Hadi, while the accused was represented by counsel P.J. Perera.

For the three other accused the prosecution was conducted by MACC deputy public prosecutor Rustam Sani and the trio were represented by lawyer Luke Ressa Balang. – BERNAMA