MALACCA, 22 Jan 2009: The Kampung Panchor Umno branch chief, Johari Ibrahim, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here to a charge of giving a RM200 bribe during the Alor Gajah Umno divisional elections on 1 Nov 2008.
Johari, 46, from Kampung Panchor, Durian Tunggal, is charged with bribing one Nadiah Roslan as an inducement to vote for Datuk Abdul Kadir Daud for the post of division chief.
He is alleged to have committed the offence at about noon at the compound of the Industrial Training Institute hall in Selandar.
The former publicity officer of Perbadanan Ayer Melaka, who is also a contractor, was charged under Section 10(b)(aa) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997, punishable under Section 16 of the same Act.
He is facing a jail sentence of not less than 14 days or a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe or RM10,000 whichever is higher, if convicted.
Judge Ahmad Kamar Jamaludin set a four-day hearing from 8 May and fixed bail at RM5,000 with one surety.
Johari is represented by Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin while the prosecution is carried out by Deputy Public Prosecutor, Wong Poi Yoke, from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. — Bernama