A traffic policeman was charged in the Sessions Court here today, for accepting a bribe of RM370 and a mobile phone.

File photo: Malaysia traffic police

Constable Mahazan Mat Halim, 28, was teary-eyed when judge Hakim Abu Bakar Katar sentenced him to a year’s imprisonment and fine of RM20,000.

However, the judge granted a postponement of execution and directed counsel Mohd Hairani Samsi to file a notice of appeal to the High Court before 2pm tomorrow.

Mahazan was found guilty of accepting a Nokia 6120 mobile phone and RM20 from a businessman, Zainuddin Maiden, who wanted to avoid a summons for using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seat belt and for having an expired road tax.

He was alleged to have committed the offence at Batu 5 1/2, Jalan Cheras-Kajang near Taman Midah Cheras at 7.30pm on March 3, 2008.

Two days later, the constable accepted RM350 from Zainuddin at a Shell petrol station in Jalan Maharajalela, here, for the same matter.

Mahazan was charged under Section 11(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 and can be convicted under Section 16 of the same act which carries a minimum jail sentence of between 14 days and 20 years and fine of up RM10,000.

His counsel mitigated for a lighter sentence as Mahazan is from a poor family in Perlis and this was his first offence. — Bernama