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31.01.2019 High-ranking police officer and businessman convicted of graft.

Thursday, 31 January 2019 / 25 Jamadilawal 1440

Magistrate’s Court, Bandar Seri Begawan passed a sentence against former police officer with the Royal Brunei Police Force, Superintendent Haji Khairur Rijal bin Haji Abu Salim after he was found guilty by the Magistrate’s court, Bandar Seri Begawan for one (1) offence under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 131) and one (1) offence under Section 165 of the Penal Code (Chapter 22). The Magistrate’s Court also found guilty one Malaysian National, Liew Say Koo, a Managing Director of Say Koo (Liew) Sdn Bhd and L & E Contractor for one (1) offence under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 131) and one (1) offence Section 165 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code (Chapter 22).

Investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau revealed that sometime in 2012, Liew Say Koo, did corruptly give to one Superintendent Haji Khairur Rijal bin Haji Abu Salim, police officer with the Royal Brunei Police Force, a gratification in a form of one white colour Toyota Hilux bearing registration number BAH 6986. The said gratification was accepted by the defendant as an inducement or reward for assisting the said Liew Say Koo, who had previously been expelled from Brunei and who is a prohibited immigrant under the Immigration Act as of 17th November 2007, to repeatedly enter and exit Brunei Darussalam between 2011 and 2013. The assistance which was rendered by the defendant was by making applications on behalf of the Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force or the Director of Criminal Investigations Department to the Controller of Immigration and National Registration Department stating that the Liew Say Koo was needed to assist in police investigations.

Investigation further revealed that Liew Say Koo, a Managing Director of Say Koo (Liew) Sdn Bhd and L & E Contractor, had abetted the commission of an offence by Superintendent Haji Khairur Rijal bin Haji Abu Salim, who as a public servant, to wit, a Superintendant with the Royal Brunei Police Force did obtain for himself, without consideration or for a consideration which he knew to be inadequate, to wit, one white colour Toyota Hilux bearing registration number BAH 6986, from Liew Say Koo, whom the defendant knew to have a connection with the official functions of himself.

The Honourable Chief Magistrate Mohamed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Dato Seri Pahlawan Haii Kefli passed a sentence of 18 months imprisonment for the offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 131) and 12 months imprisonment for the offence under the Penal Code (Chapter 22) against the defendant Liew Say Koo with effect from the date of his remand, 18th October 2016. Both sentences are to run concurrently.

The sentencing for Superintendent Haji Khairur Rijal bin Haji Abu Salim will be fixed for further mention on 14th February 2019.

The prosecution was represented by Senior Deputy Public Prosecutor Shamsuddin bin Kamaluddin of the Attorney General’s Chambers and the defendant was represented by Roy Prabhakaran of Yusoft Halim.
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