A senior police officer was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today with four counts of accepting bribe, totalling RM1.35 million, as an inducement to dispose of a drug trafficking case two years ago.
ASP Gan Chee Liang, 36, from Bukit Aman police headquarters, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges before judge Azman Ahmad.
On the first and second count, Gan, as a public servant, was alleged to have corruptly accepted for himself RM800,000 and RM175,000, respectively, which were part of the total RM1.5 million, from one Lim Chok Siong, 41, as an inducement to dispose of a drug case under Section 39B of the dangerous Drugs Act involving one Victor Goh.
The offences were allegedly committed at Jalan “PJ ByPass” in Bangsar on March 27, 2017, and at the BHP signboard, BHP Station, Jalan Bunga Mawar, Taman Muda, Ampang, Selangor, on March 30, 2017.
For the third and fourth count, Gan was alleged to have received RM300,000 and RM75,000, respectively, which were part of the total RM375,000 as agreed, from one Yeong Kok Wah, 51, also for the same purpose.
He was alleged to have committed the offence at Holiday Palace Reflexology, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Pudu, on April 28 and June 13, 2017.
All the charges were made under Section 16(a)(B) of the MACC Act, which provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe involved or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.
MACC prosecuting officer Wan Ahmad Nidzam Wan Omar, who prosecuted, proposed bail of RM100,000 on each count with two sureties.
However, Gan’s lawyer, Mohd Shahrullah Khan Nawab Zadah Khan, requested for a lower bail, saying that his client did not have time to look for a bailor who could post high bail.
“The bailor present is the accused’s younger sibling, who is a kindergarten teacher, and an older brother, who is a site supervisor.
“The accused was only informed yesterday that he would be charged today,” he added.
Azman then set bail at RM80,000 with two Malaysian sureties for all four charges and also ordered Gan to surrender his passport to the court and also to report himself at the nearest MACC office on the first week of the month pending disposal of his case.
The court set April 29 for mention.
Graft involving massage parlours
Meanwhile, five public servants, including two police officers, pleaded not guilty, in separate Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur today to charges with soliciting and accepting bribes from operators of massage parlours during an operation code-named 'ops kotaraya' last year.
They are Qairul Redza Mohd Nadzri, 35; Khairil Faezi Mohd Aziz, 32; Sherman Salleh, 42; Faizal Miza Zakariah, 35, and Mohd Fadzli Jamaluddin, 48.
Sherman and Faizal are police officers.
In the court before judge Azman Ahmad, Qairul Redza, who is an administrative assistant at the Hawkers’ Licensing and Development Department of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), was charged with soliciting RM30,000 and two counts of accepting bribe, for RM13,000 and RM15,000, respectively.
He was alleged to have solicited and accepted the bribes from one Gilbert Juin anak Damu as an inducement to help obtain a health treatment licence for his massage business.
Qairul Redza, represented by lawyer Noor Mousa Azaddin, was alleged to have committed the offences at Coffee House, Menara Commerce, Jalan Raja Laut and Angel Massage Centre, Block F-45-1, Platinum Walk, No 2 Jalan Langkawi, Setapak, on April 4, 10 and 27 last year.
The court allowed him bail of RM15,000 in one surety for all charges.
Qairul Redza was also ordered to surrender his passport to the court and to report himself at the MACC office on the first week of every month.
In the court before judge Rozina Ayob, Qairul Redza and Khairil Faezi, also an administrative assistant with DBKL, were jointly charged with soliciting RM1,500 from Gilbert Juin as an inducement for them to not take any action against Angel Massage Centre.
They were charged with committing the offence at Restoran Paparich. No 1, Jalan Rampai Niaga 5, Rampai Business Park, Taman Sri Rampai, Setapak, at 10 pm on May 3 last year.
Rozina allowed Khairil Faezi bail of RM10,000 with two sureties, while Qairul Redza was allowed to use the bail imposed by judge Azman.
In the court before judge Azura Alwi, Sherman, who is Setapak police station chief, and Faizal Miza, were jointly charged with soliciting RM3,000 from Gilbert Juin as an inducement for them to not take any action against Angel Massage Centre.
The offence was allegedly committed at Restoran Hayaki Kopitiam, 87-G, Jalan Langkawi, Platinum Walk, Setapak, between 8 pm and 10 pm on Nov 27 last year.
Sherman, represented by lawyer Ahmad Ishrakh Saad, and Faizal Miza, represented by lawyer Geethan Ram Vincent, also faced another count with accepting RM3,000 from Gilbert Juin for the same purpose.
The offence was allegedly committed at Dobi Speedy Wash and Restoran Ayam Gepuk Pak Gembus in Setapak on Dec 3, 2018 and Jan 11, 2019.
Meanwhile, Mohd Fadzli, a fire officer at the Fire Safety Division, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department headquarters, was charged with agreeing to accept RM500 from Gilbert Juin as an inducement to support his application for a business licence for Redantz KL Enterprise.
Mohd Fadzli, unrepresented, was alleged to have committed the offence at Angel Massage Centre between 8 pm and 11 pm on Nov 5, 2018.
Sherman and Faizal Miza were allowed bail of RM10,000 in one surety each for all charges, while Mohd Fadzli was allowed bail of RM7,000 in one surety.
Their cases were fixed for mention on April 18.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutors from MACC Nor Diana Nor Azwa, Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry and Abdul Rashid Sulaiman.