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By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, Sept 6: A van driver was charged in the Sessions Court here today for attempting to bribe Immigration Department officers with RM3,000.
Brady Nanda, 40, was issued with a warrant of arrest by the Sessions Court for failing to attend Court twice.
Sessions Court Judge Steve Ritikos had earlier fixed today for mention of the case.
However, it was reported that the accused had tested positive for Covid-19 and is still under quarantine.
Therefore, the Court case will be re-mention on a date to be decided.
On June 6, 2020, at about 12pm, a team of Immigration Department officers stopped three vehicles at the Lundu-Biawak junction. The vehicles were suspected be used to bring in illegal migrants.
An inspection by the Immigration Department officers revealed there were 13 Indonesians in the said three vehicles. The occupants were suspected to have committed a crime under the Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1965 and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.
The accused then offered a bribe totaling RM3,000 in cash to the Immigration Department officers as an inducement to overlook his offence.
The accused was charged under Section 17(b) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 which is punishable under Section h24(1)(a) and (b) of the same Act.
If convicted, he faces imprisonment not exceeding twenty years and a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification which is the subject matter of the offence of the offence where such gratification is capable of being valued or is of a pecuniary nature, or RM10,000, whichever is higher. — DayakDaily