A customs investigation officer was charged with corruption on Thursday for attempting to receive sexual gratification in exchange for turning a blind eye on illegal cigarettes.
Jonathan Sasayiah, 28, had caught Ms Nursusilla Kassim on July 15 this year carrying cigarettes that had been carried into Singapore without paying customs duties.
He had suggested that he give him sexual gratification in exchange for leniency on the possession.
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said that “Law enforcement officers are vested with the authority to clamp down on illicit activities in Singapore. Any law enforcement officer who even attempts to abuse this authority for personal and corrupt gains will face severe consequences”.
The CPIB also reiterated that Singapore has a zero tolerance policy and anyone involved in such acts will be prosecuted.
The Customs Officer faces up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000 if convicted of corruption.