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In The Courts (2020): Immigration officer faces bribery charges (01.12.2020)

BY Fadley Faisal

An immigration officer was charged with two counts of corruption in the Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Mohammad Shukran bin Haji Jaidin, 49, Chief Immigration Officer at the Entry Permit Section of the Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD), is accused of attempting to obtain a BND1,500 bribe from a 56-year-old permanent resident on March 17.

He allegedly attempted to obtain the bribe for himself and another person, as an inducement for assisting in the approval for an entry permit application by the victim’s 49-year-old Malaysian wife.

The second charge alleged Mohammad Shukran of having committed the same offence on April 22, involving another BND1,500 for the same favour.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Mohammad Shukran on May 7, following a public tip-off on corrupt activities. The case is linked to another senior immigration officer charged on November 26.

Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid did not record Mohammad Shukran’s plea and adjourned the case to December 15, while releasing him on a BND10,000 bail, with other strict conditions.

The charges carry maximum penalties of seven years’ imprisonment and a BND30,000 fine.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Raihan Nabilah binti Haji Ahmad Ghazali prosecuted the case.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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