Court: Bribery a serious offence


BRIBING a member of the police force to influence an investigation is a very serious offence, according to senior magistrate Cosmas Bidar.
“These are serious allegations against a defendant and police must produce evidence to prove these allegations,” he said.
Bidar said this in the Waigani Committal Court during the case of a Malaysian man facing corruption charges for allegedly bribing a police officer to influence an investigation.
Joseph Sia of Sarawak in Malaysia allegedly bribed Daniel Tai, a member of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, by giving him a new vehicle.
The court heard that the investigation leading to the alleged incident involved a dispute between some Malaysians about operating businesses in Papua New Guinea.

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