A Customs Control Officer pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court last Saturday to 27 charges of accepting bribes as inducement to withhold from taking action against a person.
Chief Magistrate Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar will hand down her sentence to Haji Mohammad Haikal bin Haji Suhaili, 35, on June 20.
The defendant admitted to accepting money ranging from BND50 to BND500 as inducement or reward in his capacity as a Customs Control Officer from an individual to not to take action against him for committing offences under the Customs Order, 2006.
Anti-Corruption Bureau investigations revealed that the offences were committed between October 24, 2017 and March 4, 2018.
The statement of facts submitted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Nor Hafizah binti Ahmad stated that the defendant was posted at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post in 2017, where among his tasks were to inspect vehicles and goods entering Brunei Darussalam from Miri, Sarawak and to ensure that goods requiring declarations were declared.
The defendant had a standing arrangement with the person, for payment in return for assistance in ensuring that contraband goods including alcohol and cigarettes easily entered Brunei Darussalam without being declared.
Investigations revealed that by the end of 2017 the defendant was no longer stationed at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post, but he continued to provide assistance to the person with the smuggled goods going through Sungai Tujoh Control Post by obtaining information.