Former policeman, businessman convicted in graft case

|     Fadley Faisal     |

THE trial against former head of the Major Crime Investigation Unit at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) Superintendent Haji Khairur Rijal bin Haji Abu Salim and Managing Director of Say Koo (Liew) Sdn Bhd and L&E Contractor Liew Say Koo concluded with convictions for both defendants.

Senior Magistrate Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Dato Haji Kefli found the prosecution’s case, conducted by DPPs Shamshuddin bin Haji Kamaluddin and Pengiran Hajah Nor ‘Azmeena binti Pengiran Haji Mohiddin, to be beyond the court’s reasonable doubt in proving the charges against the defendants.

Investigations by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) revealed that Haji Khairur Rijal had accepted a pick-up vehicle as gratification from Liew sometime in 2012, as an inducement for assisting the latter – who was expelled from Brunei Darussalam and became a prohibited immigrant as of November 17, 2007 – to repeatedly enter and exit Brunei between 2011 and 2013.

Haji Khairur Rijal had made applications on behalf of the RBPF Commissioner and the CID Director to the Controller of Immigration and National Registration Department, stating that Liew was needed to assist in police investigations.

The second charge against Haji Khairur Rijal was abuse of power and obtaining the pick-up vehicle from Liew, who was also well aware of his official duties as an officer.

Liew had committed the offences in conjugation with Haji Khairur Rijal.

The court yesterday handed a sentence of 18 months’ imprisonment to Liew, which is backdated to his first remand on October 18, 2016 and adjourned the sentencing of Haji Khairur Rijal to February 14.

Haji Khairur Rijal is still under detention at the Internal Security Department.

Defence counsel Roy Prabhakaran of Yusof Halim and Partners represented Liew Say Koo during the trial.