Kuala Lumpur – A policewoman was acquitted and discharged by the Sessions Court here today of a charge of accepting a RM4,000 bribe for the release of a Cameroonian man arrested for robbery two years ago.
Judge Mohd Nasir Nordin made the decision after finding that the defence managed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case against Insp Suriati Mohd Shafie, 34.
In his judgment, Mohd Nasir said the court found contradictory statements in the witnesses’ testimonies concerning the amount of bribe alleged to have been put in the accused’s handbag.
Suriati was seen to be shedding tears upon hearing the court’s decision.
She was accused of accepting a bribe of RM4,000 from Nurullizean Yahya as an inducement to release her husband, Tchouanseu Tchounga Armand, who was a suspect in a robbery case.
She was alleged to have committed the offence at Leval 3, Criminal Investigation Division at the Brickfields Police Headquarters between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on January 22, 2013.
The offence under Section 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and fine of up to RM10,000, if convicted.
Prosecuting officer R. Lakshumana Rao prosecuted, while Suriati was represented by lawyer G. Subramaniam Nair. – Bernama