Senior officer denies corruption charges

Fadley Faisal

A senior immigration officer charged with two counts of corruption claimed his innocence at the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Duraman bin Haji Japar, 46, a senior 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, 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 Duraman of attempting to obtain from the same victim another BND1,500 bribe for himself and another person, as an inducement for assisting in the approval for an entry permit application by the victim’s wife on April 22, 2020.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested 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.

According to ACB investigations, after the entry permit of the victim’s wife expired, the couple appealed for an extension. On both occasions, Duraman allegedly attempted to solicit bribes.

Senior Magistrate Hajah Azrimah binti Haji Abdul Rahman adjourned the case to January 25 for trial dates to be fixed, and his bail was extended.

The charges against Duraman carry maximum penalties of seven years’ imprisonment and a BND30,000 fine. Duraman is represented by lawyer Veronica Rajakanu.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Hajah Suriana binti Haji Radin represented the Public Prosecutor.