Saturday, August 16, 2008

4 years legal battle over a RM304 bribery case

In 2004, I brought a 17 years old girl to lodge an ACA report for an alleged bribe of RM304. The Investigating Officer screwed up the case and the case was thrown out on technical grounds. The ACA did not even appeal to Higher Court. But even before the policeman was acquitted, he sued the girl for defamation which he claimed had tarnish his "reputation" and caused him be suspended from the police force.

The case became national issue when i brought the girl to lodge a complain to the Parliamentary Human Rights Caucus Chairman Datuk Nazri in 2005 on the ground that a civil servant should not sue a complainant who lodge a bribery case to the authority. Who will dare to come forward to complain to the ACA in future.

Nazri brought the case to the Cabinet and subsequently the Cabinet advised the policeman to withdraw the civil suit. The policeman refused to do so! See how great he is. The case went on and finally judgement was delivered yesterday. The Magistrate Court dismissed the policeman's case and ordered him to pay costs.

A big sense of relief...though it is not final yet...the policeman immediately appealed to the High Court. He has all the rights to do so..and our DAP's lawyer Siow Kim Leong who represents the girl has vowed to fight the case all the way. And Siow provided his service on a "pro-bono" basis (free legal service for a public-interest case).

Court throws out policeman's suit

2008/08/16

SEREMBAN: The magistrate's court yesterday dismissed a suit filed by a police lance corporal against a teenager who accused him of soliciting a bribe from her when she was stopped at a roadblock here in June 2004. Magistrate Saiful Bahari Adzmi said he was dismissing the suit on the "balance of probabilities" and he would give his grounds of judgment at a later date.

Lance corporal Bahrin Awang had sued Foo Sze Kuan, 20, for lodging an Anti-Corruption Agency report against him for allegedly asking her for a bribe when she was stopped at the roadblock.

Foo had claimed that the policeman asked her for RM304 to settle two traffic offences which she had committed.

Bahrin, who was at the time attached to the Rahang police station, filed a suit against Foo in March 2006.

The suit drew the attention of Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, who advised Bahrin to withdraw it, saying that it was a form of "veiled threat" that would discourage people from reporting corrupt practices.

However, the then Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said it was Bahrin's fundamental right and that they would not interfere.

Bahrin insisted on his right to sue, saying that the charges brought against him had embarrassed him and his family, and that the cabinet and others should refrain from commenting on the case. He said due to the charges brought against him, he was suspended on half pay and this caused great hardship to his family.

Foo was represented by Siow Kim Leong while Rajinder Singh appeared for Bahrin.

In his submission, Siow told the court that Foo was protected under Section 54 of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 which clearly states that "no legal proceedings, civil or criminal, shall be taken against any officer of the agency or any individual assisting such an officer for any act which is done in good faith or for any omission which is omitted in good faith by such officer or other person".

Met outside court, Rajinder said his client would appeal against the decision. Bahrin, who was present with his son, declined comment.
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6 comments:

Whatmeworry said...

I remember reading this case in the newspapers some years ago.

The chap is just using court to get back at the girl for 'tarnishing' his so-called reputation.

Hope he fails in his appeal too.

OMGGosh said...

Well there are Good Judges out there

The Judges have wisdom to make a Good Decision.

May the Force be with the Good people.

Anonymous said...

RM304 bribe=4yrs legal battle ?
then the following will be as follows lah
RM152 = 8 yrs
RM76=12 yrs
RM38=16 Yrs
Rm19=20 Yrs
RM9.5=24 Yrs
RM4.75=28 Yrs
RM2.38=32Yrs
Rm1.19=36 yrs
RM0.60 to RM0.01=40Yrs

Anonymous said...

Soon even Altantuya's case will be forgotten as well.....zip....

This is how the BN govt solves problems....let the corrupts be forgotten....zip....

Anonymous said...

Soon even Altantuya's case will be forgotten as well.....zip....

This is how the BN govt solves problems....let the corrupts be forgotten....zip....

Melayu Baru said...

Saya harap YB dan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat N.Sembilan dapat menubuhkan Tabung Kebajikan untuk membantu pelajar di bawah ini. Ada banyak kes sebegini, tapi karenah birokrasi menyebabkan bantuan lambat atau tidak diterima. MB patut prihatin kesusahan rakyat N.Sembilan, bukan sibuk nak buat Taman Ular Sawa dan lain-lain projek membazir yang hanya menguntungkan sesetengah pihak sahaja.


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Terpaksa lupa hasrat duduki PMR
Sinar Harian. SEREMBAN – Seorang pelajar perempuan tingkatan tiga, di sini mungkin terpaksa melupakan hasrat untuk menduduki Peperiksaan Menengah Rendah (PMR) tahun ini selepas disahkan menghidap sakit buah pinggang sejak Februari lalu.

Nge Lee Chin, 15, dari Kampung Sri Parit, Lukut yang sebelum ini belajar di Sekolah Menengah Taman Seremban Jaya, di sini, terpaksa akur dengan takdir untuk meninggalkan sekolah berikutan penyakit yang dihidapinya semakin serius.

Lebih menyedihkan, beliau mungkin terpaksa melupakan hasrat untuk menjalani pembedahan yang dijadualkan November sekiranya tidak mempunyai wang mencukupi berikutan masalah kewangan yang dihadapi keluarganya.

Lee Chin ditemui Sinar Harian ketika membuat aduan di pusat khidmat Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Bukit Kepayang, semalam memberitahu rasa sakit itu dikesan sejak November tahun lalu sebelum membuat pemeriksaan di Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).

Hasil pemeriksaan mendapati buah pinggang kanannya sudah rosak.

Menurut Lee Chin, disebabkan rasa sakit yang datang sesekali, beliau tidak dapat belajar dengan selesa di sekolah menyebabkan keluarganya mengambil keputusan supaya dia tidak bersekolah selagi pembedahan tidak dijalankan.

“Bulan lepas saya membuat imbasan di HKL dan doktor mengesahkan buah pinggang kanan saya semakin serius dan perlu dibuang. Mengikut jadual, pembedahan akan dibuat pada 28 November ini,” katanya.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, beliau menghadapi masalah kerana belanja kos pembedahan dianggarkan melebihi RM10,000, sedangkan ketika ini ibunya hanya bekerja sebagai buruh kasar dengan pendapatan tidak seberapa selepas berpisah dengan suami.

“Memang kami menghadapi masalah kewangan kerana pendapatan ibu saya tidak seberapa untuk menanggung kos sara hidup dan dua lagi adik-beradik saya yang bersekolah di Lukut,” katanya yang merupakan anak kedua daripada tiga beradik.

Berikutan itu, beliau mengharapkan bantuan mana-mana pihak bagi membolehkan dia kembali pulih dan dapat meneruskan semula persekolahan seterusnya menduduki PMR.

Sementara itu, ADUN Bukit Kepayang, Cha Kee Chin berjanji pihaknya akan cuba membantu dan buat permulaan beliau akan berhubung dengan Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) minggu depan untuk mendapatkan sedikit bantuan.

“Saya akan cuba dapatkan bantuan JKM. Jika kita dapat kumpulkan wang, mungkin pembedahan boleh dibuat dengan lebih awal. Saya yakin JKM akan membantu dan kita berharap supaya Lee Chin akan sembuh dan boleh mula bersekolah secepat mungkin,” katanya.

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/mns/content/story1863623.asp