RMAF men plead not guilty to accepting RM600k bribe

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Two retired Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) personnel pleaded not guilty in the sessions court today to a charge of accepting a RM600,000 bribe, six years ago.

Lt-Col (Rtd) Kamal Baharin Nali, 48, and Capt (Rtd) Fadzil Noor Alias, 38, allegedly accepted the amount from ARG Tech Sdn Bhd owner Ab Rahim Ghalim through his lawyer Wan Ahmad Idzham Wan Sulaiman in the form of two Affinbank Bhd cheques.

The money was allegedly an inducement to help facilitate payments due to Ab Rahim amounting to RM14.5 million for 52 invoices involving contract works. The accused allegedly committed the offence at ARG Tech Sdn Bhd located at Section 8, Bandar Baru Bangi on Dec 14, 2011.

Fadzil Noor is accused of conspiring with Kamal Baharin to obtain the bribe from Ab Rahim through Wan Ahmad Idzham, at the same place and date. 

The two are charged under Section 17 (a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, punishable under Section 24 of the same Act, which carries a maximum 20-year jail term and a fine of five times the bribe amount, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Judge Rozilah Salleh set RM50,000 with one surety as bail for each accused and fixed June 16 for re-mention.

Counsel Jagjit Singh represented both the accused and deputy public prosecutor Farah Yasmin Salleh appeared for the prosecution.

- Bernama

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