Ex-BSP employee pleads guilty to corruption
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A FORMER Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) employee yesterday pleaded guilty at the Magistrates’ Court to corruption charges after changing his mind midway through trial.
Sabeli Ismail had earlier pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of accepting bribes under section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the trial dates had been fixed to commence from November 21 this year.
However, the prosecution team represented by Hri Kumar Nair of Singaporean law firm Drew and Napier LLC told the presiding Chief Magistrate Muhammed Faisal PDJLD DSP Hj Kefli that the defendant wishes to change his plea.
The defendant then pleaded guilty to six of the charges against him, with five charges to be taken into consideration when passing down the sentence and the remaining charges dropped.
The defendant, represented by defence counsel Mohd Rozaiman DSLJ Hj Abd Rahman, then applied to be continue to be released on bail to allow him to spend time with his family which was then granted by the presiding chief magistrate under the conditions that he surrender his passport to the police and to report to a supervising officer once a week.
The next mention of the case was then set for Novermber 29, 2016 to amend court document before the defendant can be sentenced.
The defendant is the third of the group of eight former BSP employees to plead guilty after they were charged with graft last year in a case implicating the now-imprisoned former Manager of Musfada Enterprise David Chong for profiting over $800,000 in bribes.
The former BSP employees received bribes as gratification for creating purchasing work orders in their respective roles within BSP which allowed Musfada Enterprise to sell supplies to BSP, with many of the orders not delivered at all and caused huge losses for BSP.
The defendant is facing up to seven years in jail and a $30,000 fine under section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act for each of the corruption charge.
The Brunei Times