Immigration officer faces corruption charges

Fadley Faisal

Prosecutors charged a senior immigration officer on two counts of corruption in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Duraman bin Haji Japar, 46, a senior immigration officer at the Entry Permit Section of the Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD), is accused of attempting to obtain a BND1,500 bribe from a 56-year-old permanent resident, on the evening of March 4.

He allegedly attempted to obtain the bribe for himself and another person, as an inducement for assisting in the approval for an entry permit application by the victim’s 49-year-old Malaysian wife.

The second charge alleges Duraman of attempting to obtain another BND1,500 bribe for himself and another person from the same victim, as an inducement for assisting in the approval for an entry permit application by the victim’s wife, on the afternoon of April 22.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Duraman on May 7, following a public tip-off on corrupt activities at the Entry Permit Section, in relation to the application and extension of entry permits of foreigners.

According to ACB investigations, after the entry permit of the victim’s wife expired, the couple appealed for an extension.

On the two occasions, Duraman allegedly attempted to solicit bribes.

Senior Magistrate Hajah Azrimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman did not record Duraman’s plea and adjourned the case to December 10, while releasing him on a BND10,000 bail, with other
strict conditions.

The charges carry maximum penalties of seven years’ imprisonment and a BND30,000 fine.
Deputy Public Prosecutors Hajah Suriana binti Haji Radin and Husna binti Haji Abidin represented the Public Prosecutor.