Contractor maintains innocence to bribery charge

JOHOR BARU (Aug 20, 2013): A contractor maintained his innocence and refused to change his not guilty plea in the Sessions Court here today to a charge of offering a bribe of RM500,000 to a police officer last April.

Zulkifli Ali, 49, had pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him for the first time before Sessions Court registrar Norhidayah Abdul Manaf on Aug 14.

At today's proceeding before Judge Mohamad Haldar Abdul Aziz, he pleaded not guilty again despite the judge advising him to concentrate on his drug case at a court in Muar.

"You have to concentrate on your drug cases, but the court will accept whatever decision you made in this (corruption) case," said Mohamad Haldar.

Zulkifli is accused of offering the bribe to Muar Narcotic Criminal Investigation Division head, ASP Abdul Ghani Talib, as an inducement for the police officer to set him free for an alleged drug offence.

The offence was allegedly committed at a house at Block C, Pangsapuri Indah, Jalan Salleh, Muar, at 2.45pm on April 12 this year.

Mohamad Haldar then set Sept 18 for mention and once again advised the accused to reconsider his not guilty plea. He also advised Zulkifli to appoint a lawyer.

Prosecution was conducted by prosecuting officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Ridzuan Abd Malik. – Bernama