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Bribes: Cop to know fate March
Published on: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: A 57-year-old policeman, charged with three counts of receiving a total of RM1,600 in bribes from 12 persons in relation to a case he was investigating, will know his fate on March 23.

Sessions Court Judge Nixon Kennedy Kumbong fixed the decision date when Sergeant Abd Malek A. Bakar closed his defence after testifying as sole defence witness.

The court also directed the prosecution and the defence to submit their submission on March 9 and March 14, respectively.

Abd Malek opted to give his evidence under oath after the court on Monday ordered him to enter his defence to the charges.

He had on May 24, 2016 claimed trial to all three charges framed under Section 165 of the Penal Code which carries a jail term of up to two years, or fine, or both, on conviction.

On the first count, Abd Malek is accused of accepting a bribe of RM300 from one J.S Jollvin Boby Santong, a surety to one Van Brawin Santong who was arrested by police on Nov 6, 2015 and investigated for allegedly having dangerous weapon.

On the second count, he allegedly received another RM300 from one Dinah Gilong who was a surety to one Dio Romeo Liddoe who was also arrested and investigated for similar offence.

On the third count, Abd Malek allegedly accepted RM1,000 from Timothy Boriul, Riddius Mahau, Darddy Los, Lasrus @ Lazarus Sundaling, Nicholson Rayner A. Albert, Iverene Sungkoling, James Lee, Elsuaro K.D Somboton, Murhan Ambiki and Tommy Yutibing who were arrested and investigated for similar offence.

The charges stated that Abd Malek, who was the Investigating Officer of the case at the time, had received the bribes at the Manggatal police station and City Police Headquarters area on Nov 10 and 11, 2015.

Abd Malek was defended by counsel Ram Singh while Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Deputy Public Prosecutor Rustam Sanip prosecuted. - Jo Ann Mool

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