A former special officer to Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was charged in Shah Alam Sessions Court today with accepting RM80,000 bribe from a contractor three years ago.
Zailan Jauhari, 47, pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to him before Judge Asmadi Hussin.
He was charged under Section 16(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.
If convicted, the accused is liable to punishment under Section 24 of the same Act, which carries a maximum 20 years’ imprisonment, or a fine of five times the bribe, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Asmadi allowed Zailan to be released on RM30,000 bail in one surety and set Feb 13 for the mention of the case.
He also ordered Zailan to report to the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office on the first Monday of every month.
Zailan is alleged to have received RM20,000 cash and a cheque for RM60,000 as an inducement for rewarding school-cleaning tenders for two companies in Kuala Selangor.
He is alleged to have committed the offence at Mak Engku Steamboat & Grill, No 2, Jalan Bendahara 1/2, Taman Bendahara, here between 7.30pm and 8pm on Jan 8, 2014.