KUANTAN: Two cops claimed trial at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Court today to five counts of accepting RM6,500 to reduce the weight of syabu seized by police earlier this year.
Lance Corporal Stenley Blasius, 36, and Muhammad Rayyan John Abdullah, 30, pleaded not guilty to the five charges before judge Mohd Ghazali Mohamad Taib.
On the first, second and third counts, the two men, as officers of the Royal Malaysian Police, allegedly accepted RM1,500 from a drug suspect by taking money from a Cash Recycler Machine (CRM) using the suspect’s sister’s bank card as an inducement to reduce the weight of syabu.
On the third count, Blasius and Muhammad Rayyan accepted RM500 from the suspect, also retrieving the cash from the CRM using the sister’s bank card.
On the fourth count the suspects allegedly transferred RM1,500 to a bank account owned by a Rhinoland Anak John Kennedy also using the suspect’s sister’s bank card.
They were jointly charged under Section 17(a) MACC Act 2009 and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code and can be charged under Section 24 of the same Act.
All offences by the two men, attached to the Pekan district police headquarters’ narcotics criminal investigation department, were allegedly committed at the Bank Islam Pekan branch on March 7 this year around 11pm.
If convicted they could be sentenced to not more than 20 years’ imprisonment and fined at least five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Earlier, MACC prosecuting officer Kamariah Seman offered a bail of RM10,000 each for all five charges with one surety.
However, lawyer Mohd Saifuldin Ab Rahman, who represented the two accused, sought to reduce the bail amount.
In his mitigation, Mohd Saifuldin said his two clients had a net income of about RM1,000 monthly.
“I beg the court to impose a low bail as both of the accused have responsibilities,” he said.
Mohd Saifuldin said Blasius was married and had five children that he needed to care for, while Muhammad Rayyan had a wife to look after.
The court then allowed the two accused RM5,000 bail each.
The case will commence on Nov 13.