A police lance corporal claimed trial over two bribery charges at the Ipoh Sessions/Magistrate Court today (July 26).
The accused, Abdul Hadi Abu Bakar, 28, pleaded not guilty in front of Judge S. Indra Nehru.
According to charge sheets, he solicited a bribe of a total of RM250 from Muhammad Hafizuldin Hamzah and Kristina Jali after they were found in close proximity to each other.
The accused purportedly committed the offences, in which he obtained RM50 from the couple when they were caught in the act on December 30, 2019, and another RM200 from the same couple at the back of a building in Fair Park between 12.30pm to 12.45pm on January 5, 2020.
The accused is subject to punishment under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and is punishable under Section 24 of the same Act.
If convicted, he will face imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to five times the total amount of bribe funds or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
He is also liable to punishment under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which carries imprisonment of up to two years, a fine, or both, if guilty.
The court ordered for a bail of RM5,000 with one surety, while October 28 this year was fixed for re-mention.
The case was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Maziyah Mansor, while the accused was represented by lawyer Sheikh Mohd Nasir.