ICA officer charged with accepting bribes to grant social visit passes

ICA officer charged with accepting bribes to grant social visit passes

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ICA officer Catherine Lim Zhi Yin outside the State Courts on Sep 20, 2017.

SINGAPORE: A 26-year-old Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer was charged in court on Wednesday (Sep 20) for accepting bribes in exchange for granting social visit passes.

Catherine Lim Zhi Yin was charged with seven counts of corruption for accepting or agreeing to accept S$1,680 from Raymond Lim Boon Ian, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a press release.

The offences took place between December 2014 and February 2015, according to the charge sheet.

The ICA officer's acceptance of the money – a reward for granting 30-day social visit passes to nearly 30 Thai nationals – is an offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In response to Channel NewsAsia queries, ICA said Catherine Lim had been suspended from service since Mar 7, 2015.

The case surfaced through ICA's internal checks and investigations, the agency said.

"ICA takes a serious view of errant officers. As guardians of Singapore’s checkpoints, ICA officers are expected to discharge their duties professionally and maintain a high standard of integrity. Officers who break the law will be dealt with, in accordance with the law," it added.

If found guilty, she could be punished with a jail term of up to five years and a fine of up to S$100,000.

Raymond Lim was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment for corruption on Apr 24 this year, according to CPIB.

In response to queries, CPIB said it could not comment on the details of the Thai nationals involved as the case is before the court.

Source: CNA/mz