Malaysian man remanded for another 3 weeks in corruption case

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A MALAYSIAN man was brought before the Magistrates’ court yesterday to have his remand extended by three weeks in order to consider and revise the case against him.

Liew Say Koo, 53, had been charged for bribing a police officer on October 10 this year but no plea had been taken since.

He is accused of one count under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act of corruptly giving the former head of the Criminal Investigation Department’s Special Investigation Unit Superintendent Hj Khairur Rijal Hj Abu Salim a Toyota Hilux as gratification in exchange for assisting him to repeatedly enter and exit the country.

The defendant, formerly a construction company director, had been previously expelled from Brunei under the Immigration Act in November 2007 when he was serving a two-year prison sentence for killing his wife at the Orchid Garden Hotel in 2006.

In a statement, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said that during the investigations they conducted, Liew was not in the country but was finally arrested on October 8 in Miri by ACB’s Malaysian counterparts before being handed over to ACB.

ACB said that the arrest occurred after the warrant outside their jurisdiction was executed as a result of the joint efforts between them and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission together with the coordination of the Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Secretariat under the Attorney General’s Chambers.

During yesterday’s court proceedings before presiding Chief Magistrate Muhammed Faisal PDJLD DSP Hj Kefli, the application made by the prosecutor was granted and the defendant was ordered to be transferred to the Jerudong prison until his next scheduled court appearance on November 8, 2016.

The Brunei Times