Forged ICs: Seven detained

The Internal Security Department has issued a Detention Order under Section 3(1)(a), of the Internal Security Act (Chapter 133) to seven locals for their involvement in a syndicate for forged Brunei Darussalam’s National Identification Card (IC), Radio Television Brunei (RTB) reported last night.

The Internal Security Department, assisted by other security and enforcement agencies have successfully suppressed a syndicate that has been proven to be involved in the production of forged ICs. The organised crime syndicate was planning on using these forged ICs for fraudulent activities as well as planning on selling these at a price of BND5,000 each.

The syndicate has also been found to be involved in using falsified official documents of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Government including those of government-linked companies (GLCs) and falsified official documents of various private companies in the country to procure bank loans from local financial institutions.

The ringleader of the syndicate has been identified as Fahezzrul bin Tuah, 27, a local male who masterminded the forgery activities of this syndicate. He was assisted by six other members of the syndicate – Muhd Faiz Asma’an bin Haji Abdul Rahman, 27; Mohd Zaim bin Saufi, 29; Mohd Aminul Rashid bin Aminuddin, 27; Awangku Abdul’ Haadi Putera bin Pengiran Mahari, 26; Rainney bin Lius, 26; and Muhd Faiz bin Shadun, 28.

Given the evidence of the case and the severity of the crimes that have been committed, all members of the syndicate have been placed in Detention Order under Section 3(1)(a) of the Internal Security Act Chapter 133.

The early detection of the activities of the syndicate has put a stop to an even greater threat to the peace and security of Brunei. The Internal Security Department assessed that the activities of the syndicate, if left unchecked, would eventually lead to the possible existence of elements with false identities resulting in the establishment and proliferation of other forms of activities against the laws of the country.

The public who can provide information on any possible threats to the peace and security of the country is urged to contact the Internal Security Department’s hotline at 133 or e-mail: [email protected]