Two bank officers charged with graft

KOTA KINABALU: Two bank officers were charged in the Sessions Court here today on charges of accepting a bribe of RM7,000.

Muhammad Safwan Isnen, 27, and Azzry Eyzzamshah Mohamad Arifin, 27, were jointly charged with accepting the bribe at Starbucks Coffee restaurant, beside the main entrance to One Borneo Hypermall, at 10.13pm on Sept 6.

Both the accused were charged with accepting the bribe from one Afizi Ahmad, under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

Both Muhammad Safwan and Azzry Eyzzamshah claimed trial to the charge.

Judge Abu Bakar Manaf set bail at RM10,000 for each of the accused with a deposit of RM5,000 in one local surety. They were also ordered to surrender their passports to the court.

Abu Bakar set Nov 14 for mention of the case pending the prosecution handing over relevant documents to the defence team.

In today’s proceedings, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was represented by Deputy Public Prosecutor Rozanna Abdul Hadi and MACC Prosecuting Officer Awang Samsul Baharom Bungso.

Muhammad Safwan and Azzry Eyzzamshah were represented by counsel Ressa Balang and Azheir Farhan respectively.

Meanwhile, Abu Bakar allowed the prosecution’s application to unconditionally release another MACC detainee, Mohd Azif Ahmad, 25, who was detained in connection with the case.