Prasarana COO claims trial to re­ceiv­ing bribe

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GE­ORGE TOWN: A Prasarana Bhd chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer claimed trial at the Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day to a charge of ac­cept­ing RM70,000 bribe.

Mohd Shukri Ab­dul Rah­man, 54, was charged with tak­ing the bribe from Jay­onik MSC Sdn Bhd, which was cred­ited into a bank ac­count un­der the name of Nor Jas­min Mustafa, in re­turn for is­su­ing an ap­point­ment let­ter to the com­pany for a project worth RM8,404,675.13, while act­ing as an agent of Prasarana.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 17(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Act (MACC) 2009, which car­ries a jail term up to 20 years and fine up to five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000, which­ever is higher.

Shukri pleaded not guilty to the charge read out to him be­fore judge Nor­salha Hamzah.

MACC deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Ah­mad Ghaz­ali Muhamad Nadzri asked the court to set bail at RM100,000 as the of­fence was of a se­ri­ous na­ture.

How­ever, Shukri’s lawyer, Datuk Shukri Mo­hamad, asked for the bail to be set at RM40,000, an amount his client was ca­pa­ble of pay­ing.

“My client is a kid­ney dis­ease pa­tient and is un­der­go­ing haemodial­y­sis.

“He has to sup­port his wife and two chil­dren, one of whom is school­ing. My client was also de­tained by MACC for 14 days, and af­ter his ar­rest, he had co­op­er­ated with the com­mis­sion through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the case,” he said.

He added that Shukri had been sus­pended from his po­si­tion in Prasarana since his ar­rest.

“Since this is a com­plex case, the de­fence team will also need to con­sult with our client to re­ceive in­struc­tion from time to time.”

The lawyer said his client would also be charged at the courts in Kuantan next week.

Ah­mad then in­ter­jected and said that the pros­e­cu­tion would be ap­ply­ing for this case to be heard in Kuantan to­gether with the other case.

Nor­salha al­lowed bail at RM50,000 and set Aug 16 for men­tion.

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