Bail conditions revised for 5 facing corruption charges
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
FIVE former and current employees of Brunei Shell Petroleum accused of corruption had their passports released after their bail conditions were revised.
During the proceedings yesterday at the Magistrates’ Court, defence counsel Hj Mohammad Rozaiman DSLJ Hj Abdul Rahman sought for the release of the passports as some of the accused are no longer employed and required the return of their passports to travel between Sabah and Sarawak to seek new business opportunities there.
Meanwhile, Singaporean litigator Gary Low of Drew & Napier LLC, who appeared for the prosecution, said they have no objections to the defence counsel’s application with the condition that the previous $10,000 bail is changed to $20,000 in view that the defendants are facing multiple corruption charges.
Presiding Magistrate Ak Shahyzul Khairuddien Pg Abd Rahman granted the defence counsel’s application and scheduled a further mention of the case on April 13.
Defendant Hjh Latifah Junaidi, a former supply chain support staff member at the SCM Department at BSP, is facing 102 counts of corruptly accepting gratifications between 2005 and 2009 totaling $51,408 as a reward for creating purchase orders for various types of emergency safety equipment for BSP.
Co-accused Awang Rosli Simon, a former production foreman at the POP Department, SCOT of BSP, is facing 14 counts of corruptly accepting $84,700 between October and November 2005 as a reward to put up a request and signing delivery notes for the purchase of emergency safety equipment for BSP.
Meanwhile, defendant Sabeli Ismail, a senior offshore platform administrator at the West Operation (WOP) Department of BSP, was charged with 23 counts of corruptly accepting the sum of $72,335 and $300 worth of hampers between 2006 and July 2009 as a reward for creating work orders for purchases of chemical agents for BSP.
A storekeeper at the Support, Transfer & Logistics (STL) Department of BSP, Mohd Faisal Hj Ismail, is facing 28 counts of corruptly accepting gratifications in the sum of $55,458 between April 2007 and August 2009 as a reward for creating work orders and signing delivery notes for purchases of chemical agents for BSP.
Hjh Asnah Hj Salran, supply chain support (Seismic/Geomatic), SCM at BSP, is facing 16 counts of corruptly accepting $28,100 between February 2008 and May 2009 as a reward for creating purchase orders for various industrial goods and equipment for BSP.
The Brunei Times