Civil servant found guilty of graft

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A PUBLIC servant was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment yesterday after the Magistrates’ Court found him guilty of corruption, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said in a statement.

Wadi Hj Mohd Tuah, an assistant superintendent of the Fire and Rescue Department, had been convicted last month of two charges of accepting 550 homogenous tiles and two tonnes of cement worth about $950 from Managing Director of Pro-Team Construction & Trading Sdn Bhd Yap Tiew Hon.

He was in the line of duty when the offence took place in November 2011.

Senior Magistrate Pg Masni Pg Hj Bahar ruled that Wadi knew Yap had a connection with his official functions in his capacity as an assistant superintendent when he obtained the goods as Wadi was in charge of inspecting and approving a housing development project that was being completed by Yap’s company.

Yap, who was represented by defence counsels Balendran Balasingam and Hj Mohd Rozaiman DSLJ Hj Abd Rahman, was also given a 12-month prison sentence yesterday for abetting or encouraging Wadi to commit the offence.

ACB said the presiding senior magistrate ordered the two men to serve their sentences with effect from yesterday.

The sentencing brings to a close the three-year case, which was prosecuted by deputy public prosecutor Emily Goh yesterday, had first been mentioned in the courts in April 2013.

The corruption offences under Section 165 of the Penal Code, Chapter 22, carried a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment with fine.

The Brunei Times