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Policeman to face trial in May

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday fixed trial to run in May against a police constable who had denied charges for scamming people into investments and money laundering.

Police Constable 5953 Mohamad Azri Al Azhar Edham Khalid, 29, earlier last month denied nine cheating charges and three money laundering charges.

DPP Dayangku Didi-Nuraza binti Pengiran Abdul Latiff’s case against the defendant alleged him of cheating two victims to part with their money amounting to BND1,300 by offering them in a non-specific investment scheme.

The defendant is further purported to have made a single victim to part with BND30,400 under the pretense of being able to invest the money in Forex trading.

The allegations as claimed by the victims occurred in June 2018, with the defendant promising monthly returns to each and every deal he made with the victims.

It is also alleged that the defendant transferred BND15,860 of the money to his wife’s bank account in three transactions in June 2018.

The cheating charges carry penalties of up to seven years’ jail and fines, while the charges under the Criminal Asset Recovery Order each carry a fine of at least BND500,000 and up to 10 years’ jail, or both.

Senior Magistrate Hajah Ervy Sufitriana binti Haji Abdul Rahman set on May 16 to 21 to hear the case. The court had extended bail to the defendant. However, he was ordered remanded as he could not get a bailor.