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JOHOR BARU, Jan 7, 2016:

Three policemen were charged in the Sessions Court here today for allegedly accepting bribes totaling RM4,050 last year.

The accused, V. Venise Raj, 31, Mohd Dzulfadzli Mohammad Noor, 29, and Shafiul Kamal Salleh, 34, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read out to them before judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz.

The three, who are all rank and file policemen attached to the Pontian police station, allegedly committed the act as an inducement to not take action against an employee of the Vietnamese worker who did not have a work permit last year in front of a shop lot in Taman Damai, Pontian, between 2pm to 2.30 pm in April 1 last year.

Venise Raj also faces a separate charge of accepting bribes amounting to RM550 in Parit Semerah, Pontian for the same offence, at 2.47 pm on April 17 last year.

Mohd Dzulfadzli also faces another charge of receiving a bribe of RM1,000 for the same offense in Taman Jasa Indah, Pontian between 5pm and 5.30pm on March 19 last year.

He also faces a separate charge of accepting a bribe of RM1,000 from the same person, at Taman Jasa Indah, between 5pm and 5.30pm on March 19 last year.

The accused were charged under Section 16 (a) (b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, which was read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code which is punishable under Section 24 of the same Act.

They can be sentenced up to 20 years and a fine not less than five times the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if convicted.

The accused, who were unrepresented, were released on a bail of RM5,000 each.

Mohamad Haldar fixed Feb 15 for case management

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