Two friends, one of whom is a Singaporean student, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur to a charge of giving gratification in the amount of RM90,000 last year.
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32-year-old Law Wen Xiang and 27-year-old Sia Qi Xun were jointly charged with corruptly giving gratification to a police officer at the Commercial Crime Investigation Division of the Johor Bahru Selatan district police headquarters as an inducement not to prosecute Sia, a Singaporean, under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
They were accused of committing the crime in front of a restaurant in Taman Suria on October 17, last year, at 5.45 pm.
According to BERNAMA, the charge, which is framed under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 and punishable under Section 24(1) of the same law, carries a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is greater, if convicted.
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The two friends also pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge under Section 214 of the Penal Code, which charged them with giving gratification to a person in exchange for screening an offender from legal action at the same location, time, and date.
If found guilty, they faced imprisonment for a term that could extend to one-fourth of the longest term of imprisonment provided for the offence, a fine, or both.