Immigration officers deny corruption charges

Fadley Faisal

Two immigration personnel in corruption cases denied the charges before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Mohammad Shukran bin Haji Jaidin, 49, the Chief 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 March 17, 2020.

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

The second charge alleges Mohammad Shukran of committing the same offence on April 22, involving another BND1,500 for the same favour.

Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid adjourned the case to February 8. Lawyer Zamri Taha is representing the defendant.

Meanwhile, Acting Senior Magistrate Kamaliah Fadhilah binti Haji Ibrahim heard the case of Duraman bin Haji Japar, 46, a senior officer at the Entry Permit Section of the INRD, who is accused of attempting to obtain a BND1,500 bribe from a 56-year-old permanent resident on March 4, 2020 evening.

He allegedly attempted to obtain the bribe for himself and another person, as an inducement for assisting in the approval of 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 from the same victim, for himself and another person, as an inducement for assisting in the approval of an entry permit application by the victim’s wife on April 22, 2020.

Duraman had denied the charges earlier.

The court fixed April 5 for trial preparations. Duraman is represented by lawyer Veronica Rajakanu.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Mohammad Shukran and Duraman on May 7, 2020, 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.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Hajah Suriana binti Haji Radin represented the Public Prosecutor in both cases.