A police lance corporal claimed trial over three charges of bribery at the Ipoh Sessions/Magistrate Court today (April 6).
Mohd Rushisham Rusli (hereby referred to as the defendant), 34, pleaded not guilty in front of Judge S. Indra Nehru.
For the first and second offences, he was accused of soliciting and accepting bribes of RM400 and RM50 from Mohammad Nor Iman Ariffin over the intention of not performing urine tests on him when he was suspected to have taken drugs.
The defendant allegedly committed both offences at a volleyball ring located near Kamunting Police Station between 10pm to 11pm on April 27, 2016.
According to charge sheets, he was also accused of soliciting and accepting a bribe of RM100 from Mohammad Fadzil Dzuhir over the same matter.
He allegedly committed the third offence at a tent behind the Petronas petrol station in Selama between 6.30pm to 7.30pm on April 29 of the same year.
All offences are under Section 16(a)(B) and Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 (Act 694), in which if convicted, subjects him to punishment under Section 24(1) of the same Act, entailing imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of five times the total amount of bribe funds or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Optional second and third charges entail offences under Section 165 of the Penal Code, whereby the defendant will be subject to imprisonment of up to two years, a fine, or both.
Deputy public prosecutor, Nurul Wahida Jalaluddin, requested for a RM15,000 bail with a guarantor, while the defendant’s lawyer Ranjit Singh negotiated for a decrease in bail to RM8,000.
The court ordered for a bail of RM10,000 along with a guarantor and under the condition that the defendant reports himself at the MACC Taiping office once every month over the case proceedings’ duration.
The case has been fixed for re-mention on June 22 this year.