Man gets 18 months jail for trying to bribe police officer

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A BANGLADESHI man was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to bribing a police officer last year.

On October 13, 2015, Zakir had attempted to bribe a police officer with $20 as a reward for not taking action against him for parking and leaving his car unattended in the “No Waiting” zone in the Departure Drop-Off line at the Brunei International Airport.

The court document stated that Zakir had pleaded to the police officer to not take any action against him and went as far as attempting to hand over two $10 notes to the police officer while asking him not to report the matter.

The police officer however, upon realising Zakir’s intention, reported the matter to his superior and handed him over to be escorted to a waiting room before proceeding to the Airport Police Station for further investigations.

Initially claiming trial last year, Zakir’s change from a not guilty plea to a guilty plea yesterday came at the very last minute when the court was just about ready to deliver its verdict following the full trial.

Prosecuting officer Siti Nurjauinah Hj Kula called a total of six witnesses for the trial while Zakir, who had no other witness, gave evidence for his case.

Following the sentencing yesterday, the presiding chief magistrate Muhammed Faisal PDJLD DSP Hj Kefli ordered Zakir to serve the imprisonment sentence with effect from October 17, 2015, the date when he was remanded.

The Brunei Times