Policeman charged over ‘gambling ring’, denies bribery charges

Fadley Faisal

A policeman pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of protecting a gambling ring from being busted but denied charges of bribing a fellow policeman and giving out loans.

The defendant, Sergeant 3795 Pengiran Ahmad bin Pengiran Haji Zainal, 41, is an investigating officer at the Labi Police Station.

In January, he had informed an occupant of a house, who was holding a gambling den, about an upcoming police raid.

On February 24, the defendant met with a Lance Corporal at the car park of Tamu Tudung Saji and gave him a BND200 bribe as a reward in providing information on upcoming police raids to gambling dens.

The defendant is claiming trial towards the remaining charges.

The third charge alleges the defendant of having bribed the same colleague with BND50 for the same purposes on March 5.

The defendant also denied four other charges of having carried out a moneylending business without a licence, by lending out BND1,000 each to four individuals with a repayment scheme with interest. Senior Magistrate Hajah Azrimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman convicted the defendant on the charges he had pleaded guilty to, and adjourned the case to May 6, for trial dates to be fixed on the remaining charges.

The defendant is released on bail of BND5,000 of two local sureties with strict conditions.

DPP Shamshuddin bin Haji Kamaluddin prosecuted the case.