Saturday August 4, 2012
JPJ officer jailed and fined for bribery
KUALA LUMPUR: A Road Transport Department enforcement assistant was jailed a year and fined RM20,000 on two counts of bribery.
Norazha Izwan Mohd Aripin, 27, was found guilty by the Sessions Court here after he was called to enter his defence on both charges.
Judge Ahmad Zamzani Mohd Zain held that the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s case.
“The court found that the accused’s defence was a mere denial. It is an afterthought,” he said in his judgment.
Pleading for leniency, his lawyer Mohd Shahrullah Khan Nawab Zadah Khan said his client, whose wife was pregnant, was remorseful of his action and was a first offender.
Prosecuting officer Mohd Nur Lokman Samingan asked for an appropriate sentence to serve as a lesson for others and to take into account public interest.
Norazha Izwan was convicted of asking a bribe of RM1,000 from Ooi Aik Keng as an inducement not to take action against him for an expired road tax offence near a petrol station in Jalan Kuching at 5pm on Jan 4 last year.
He faced a second charge of trying to obtain a bribe of RM1,000 from Ooi for the same offence in front of a bank in Setapak at 8pm on the same day.