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Bribe: Cop opts for jail term
Published on: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: A 57-year-old policeman who was sentenced to six weeks' jail and fined RM20,000 for three counts of receiving a total of RM1,600 in bribes from 12 persons in relation to a case he was investigating, decided to serve the jail sentence immediately without appealing against it.

Abdul Malek A. Bakar through his counsel told Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat regarding his (Abdul) decision to not proceed with his appeal against the sentence which was imposed on him last week, to the High Court.

The court then issued a warrant of committal on Abdul and his bail which was granted to him pending the appeal, was refunded.

Counsel Aaron Mah who stood in for counsel Ram Singh representing Abdul told the court that his client had paid the fine of RM20,000 the day of his conviction.

On the first count, Abdul was jailed two weeks and fined RM5,000 or three months' jail for 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 was sent to prison for another two weeks and fined RM5,000 or three months' jail for receiving 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, Abdul was jailed another two weeks and fined RM10,000 or six months' jail for accepting 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 court ordered the sentence of first and second charge to be run concurrently but consecutively with the third charge.

On Apr 30, Abdul was convicted of all the charges. - Cynthia D Baga

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