A Permanent Resident, Chin Chee Vun, Manager of a forwarding agent company, aged 52 was charged at the Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrates Court yesterday for an offence under Section 6b – committed in contravention of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131 read with Section 13 of the same Act.
The case was referred by the Royal Customs and Excise Department to the Anti-Corruption Bureau where Argel Sanchez David, a Philippines National, an employee at the said forwarding agent, was reported to have offered bribe to a Customs Officer for violation pertaining to customs declaration.
Chin Chee Vun, sometime between September 2021 and the 4th of October 2021, instigated Argel Sanchez David to corruptly give a gratification of twenty dollars as an inducement or reward to a Customs Inspection Officer of the Royal Customs and Excise Department to refrain her from taking any action against Argel for any violation pertaining to customs declaration, and in pursuance of that instigation, Argel did corruptly give a gratification of twenty dollars to the said Customs Inspection Officer on the 4th of October 2021, at the Payment Counter of the Customs Guardhouse and Muara Port Post Office.
Prior to this, Argel was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on the 7th of October 2021 upon receiving the complaint from the Royal Customs and Excise Department of corrupt activities at the Guardhouse and Post Office Muara in relation to the false declaration of goods and was charged on 11 October 2021 under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131.
Today, at the court proceedings held virtually at ACB premise, the charge was read to the Chin Chee Vun and no plea was recorded. The Court had fixed for 9 February 2022 at 2 in the afternoon for further mention. The accused was released on court bail. Appearing for the Prosecution are Deputy Public Prosecutor Hajah Rozaimah binti Haji Rahman. The presiding Magistrate is the Honourable Senior Magistrate Hazirah Yusof. The ACB reminds the public that offering corruption to enforcement officer is a serious offence and the maximum penalty for this charge is 7 years imprisonment and $30,000 fine.
Source: Radio Television Brunei