Trial for Prevention of Corruption Act

A pre-trial conference for the case against two former judicial officers was held today. Ramzidah binti Pehin Datu Kesuma Diraja Retired Colonel Haji Abdul Rahman and Haji Nabil Daraina bin Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them. The Prosecution informed the Court that they are ready to proceed with the trial fixed to begin on 4th of February. However, the Defence Counsel applied for the trial to be adjourned until this August in order to allow them to engage a foreign counsel. In reply, the Prosecution objected to the long adjournment as it is in the public interest for the trial to proceed and conclude in a timely manner.

Having heard the application, the Court then set trial for 4th of March until 30th of March before Justice Gareth John Lugar-Mawson.

Ramzidah, who was formerly the deputy official receiver of the Bankruptcy Office, was charged for offences of criminal breach of trust by a public servant for allegedly misappropriating over 7 million dollars between 2004 and 2017. Her husband, Haji Nabil, was formerly a senior magistrate at the Bandar Seri Begawan Magistrates Court. Both husband and wife are jointly facing charges of money laundering, with the prosecution alleging that transfers of 500 thousand dollars were made from the Official Receiver's bank account to their own personal joint account. The couple is also facing charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act, for possessing assets not corresponding to their income as public servants. Among the assets seized is a long list of luxury vehicles worth 3 POINT 2 million dollars.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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