Seven investigating officers from the Anti-Corruption Bureau were called to testify in the Prosecution’s case against Ramzidah binti Pehin Datu Kesuma Diraja Retired Colonel Hj Abdul Rahman and Hj Nabil Daraina bin Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin in the High Court yesterday.
Witnesses called were involved in the first phase of an operation called “Ops RR” which took place on Monday, 8th of January 2018. A witness testified that he led the search into the Second Defendant’s office during which seizures on digital devices, documents and files were made. A driver witness statement was also found for an accident at Brompton Road, London whilst driving a red Ferrari in December 2015.
At the same time, a search was conducted in the First Defendant’s office by a separate search team. An officer involved in the search testified that his task was to look for documents relevant to their investigations. When searching the office table, he found that the drawers were locked. When the First Defendant was asked where the keys were, she informed him that the key has been lost a long time ago.
A bag locked using a small padlock was found near the sofa area of the office. According to the First Defendant, the key to the padlock has been lost. An ACB officer had to force open the lock and several bankruptcy files were found inside the bag.
The filing room of the Official Receiver’s Chambers was searched for the remaining files dealt by the First Defendant.
Once the searches at the offices were completed, the officers from ACB continued their search at the Defendants’ house in Kampong Kiarong. Both Defendants were present at the search and items were seized for investigations. Digital devices and documents related to the purchases of cars, travel flights and shopping expenses at Harrods, United Kingdom for almost GBP 41,000 and Selfridges, United Kingdom for about GBP 9,000 were seized. Receipts for the purchase of watches worth $32,4000 and $2,380 were also found.
The search into the attic on the second floor of the house led to the discovery of shelves of cabinets storing luxury handbags, shoes and other accessories. The room and items were sealed for investigations.
The Defendants’ cars were to be seized but the Second Defendant requested for them to keep a Volkswagen Gold A7 and Porsche Macan Turbo for them to use to work. At the house, the luxury cars were parked in an air-conditioned garage referred to as “the pavillion”. On that day, 8 cars were marked to be seized.
Subsequent to the search in Kg Kiarong, an attempt to execute a search warrant on the First Defendant’s parents’ house was made. Multiple knocks on the doors and windows of the house was made but no one responded. The operations were then stood down.
On the afternoon of 9th January 2018, seven other cars belonging to the Defendants were identified to be seized from the First Defendant’s parents’ house.
On 10th January 2018, the ACB officers returned to the First Defendant’s office to break open the locked drawers and found large sums of cash and bank account books. This was witnessed by officers of the Court.
On 12th January 2018, a search on the First Defendant’s bedroom in her parents’ house was executed and items were seized for investigations.
Source: Radio Television Brunei