Seven including 3 cops claim trial to robbing money changer

The seven suspects being brought to court by bailiffs in George Town, Penang today.

GEORGE TOWN: Seven men including three policemen from Perak were charged at the Sessions Court today with robbing a money changer at gunpoint here last week, making off with close to RM50,000 in foreign currency.

Lance Corporal Nazarudin Abdul Manan, 36, Corporal Khairul Hisham Hamzah, 42, and Corporal Wan Abd Rahim Md Shariff, 36, who are attached to the Batu Gajah police district headquarters, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Wan Abd Rahim’s twin brother, civilian Wan Abd Rahman, was also charged, along with Mohamad Sahar Ismail, 43, as well as Guno Sutowo, 24, and Iis Sutejo, 29, who are undocumented but believed to be Indonesians.

They were charged with the armed robbery of a money changing outlet and making off with the currency in notes and coins, as well as a projector worth a total of RM47,200 at MSKM Mohamed Haniffa Forex Sdn Bhd on Pitt Street here at 9.45pm on July 14.

The offence carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and whipping under Sections 395 and 397 of the Penal Code which prescribes penalties for gang robbery and gang robbery with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt.

All seven men pleaded not guilty to the charge. Deputy public prosecutor Farah Aimy Zainul Anwar said no bail should be given as it was a non-bailable offence.

However, lawyer Mohd Khairul Hafizuddin Ramli, representing the Malaysians in the case, asked for a low bail amount, saying his clients would attend the court proceedings.

He added that the three policemen had been suspended from duty.

Judge Mazdi Abdul Hamid allowed bail of RM10,000 with one surety for the five Malaysians and ordered the accused to report themselves to the nearest police station each month until disposal of the case.

He also ordered them to not contact the complainant or the prosecution witnesses in the case, and set Aug 28 for mention.