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A senior investigation officer at the Manpower Ministry has been sentenced to eight months' jail for corruption. 27-year-old Norezwan Em admitted to obtaining sexual favours from Liu Lihua from China on three occasions last year.
SINGAPORE: A senior investigation officer at the Manpower Ministry has been sentenced to eight months' jail for corruption.
27-year-old Norezwan Em admitted to obtaining sexual favours from Liu Lihua from China on three occasions at a carpark in Clementi and Oxley Hotel 88 between 30 October and 6 November last year.
The alleged sexual favours are an inducement for the accused to extend Ms Liu's stay in Singapore.
In District Judge Eugene Teo's oral grounds for decision, he said Ms Liu was "not the sort of business-savvy, astute and worldly-wise woman" but one who was "seeking official recourse in a foreign country after having suffered a grievance".
The judge said the accused used his position to exploit the woman "where and when she was most vulnerable".
This led to the woman complying with the demands of the accused.
Judge Teo added that there is clear public interest in the preservation of the integrity of the public service and a deterrent sentence is warranted.
But he also noted that Norezwan pleaded guilty at an early stage and there was no "substantial perversion" of the ministry's procedures.
Norezwan could have been jailed up to five years and fined S$100,000 on each count.
In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia, MOM said Norezwan had been interdicted from duty since end-February this year.
The officer pleaded guilty last month.
MOM added that public service disciplinary proceedings against the officer would start when the case has concluded.