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Saturday, 13 June 2020
Haji Mohammad Haikal Bin Haji Suhaili, a 35 year-old Bruneian male, today pleaded guilty to twenty seven (27) charges for offences under section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131.
The Defendant admitted to having corruptly accepted for himself gratification of money in various sums ranging from B$50.00 to B$500.00 as an inducement or reward in his capacity as a Customs Control Officer from an individual so as not to take action against him for committing offences under the Customs Order, 2006. Investigations conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau revealed that the offences in question were committed between 24 October 2017 and 4 March 2018.
The statement of facts submitted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nor Hafizah binti Ahmad revealed that sometime in 2017 the Defendant had been posted at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post. Amongst his tasks was to inspect vehicles and goods entering into Brunei Darussalam from Miri and to ensure that all goods requiring declarations were declared. The Defendant had a standing arrangement with said individual for payment in return for assistance with ensuring that unexcisable goods including alcohol and cigarettes were allowed to enter Brunei Darussalam without being declared.
Investigations also revealed that by the end of 2017, the Defendant was no longer stationed at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post, but the Defendant continued to provide assistance to the said individual with the unexcisable goods at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post by obtaining information for the said individual.
The Honourable Chief Magistrate Pg Masni binti Pg Bahar set the matter for sentencing on 20th June 2020.
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