The Anti-Corruption Bureau under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131 is empowered to investigate under Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131 against any public officer who maintains a standard of living above or is in control of pecuniary resources or property which is disproportionate to his past or present emolument. The matter was disclosed by Awangku Haji Sabarin bin Pengiran Haji Mohamad, Chief Special Investigator at the Anti-Corruption Bureau in a media statement yesterday morning at the bureau's headquarters.
In any case involving public officers who have committed offences under any written laws such as criminal breach of trust, abuse of power, cheating, forgery of documents and other related offences, the Anti-Corruption Bureau has the power to investigate under Sections 12A, 12B and Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131. Apart from the fine imposed by the Court, the proceeds of the crime disclosed and discovered from the investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau shall be seized and forfeited under the provisions provided by the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 131, Criminal Asset Recovery Order, CARO, 2012 and any other written laws.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau would like to state that no public officers are exempted from investigation of the Bureau regardless of position, rank and status. This is because investigation by the Anti-Corruption Bureau is conducted with trust, responsibility and fairness. In this regard, the Anti-Corruption Bureau urges all public officers which include government officials and personnel to abide by the existing laws and regulations enforced in Brunei Darussalam.
Source: Radio Television Brunei