JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY CPIB AND SPF
Sentenced to Seven Months’ Jail for Assault on Integrity
On 04 December 2017, one Lei Yanchen, a Chinese national, was sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment for his attempt to bribe an officer of the Singapore Police Force, and for voluntarily causing hurt to another person.
2 Lei had been charged in court on 28 September 2017 with one count under Section 6(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241 for corruptly offering $50 to Police Sergeant Mervyn Pea Jia Wei (Mervyn), as an inducement not to arrest him for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon.
3 Lei had also been charged with one count of voluntarily causing hurt and one count of voluntarily causing hurt by a dangerous weapon, offences punishable under section 323 and section 324 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, respectively.
4 Investigations had revealed that on 6 August 2017, Sergeant Mervyn had attended to a case involving Lei and two other individuals. Lei had gotten into a fight with one Zhong Bo (Zhong) whom he suspected was having an affair with his wife. Lei had hit Zhong’s head with a hammer-like object. While seeking medical treatment at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for Zhong, Lei had attempted to bribe Sergeant Mervyn to refrain from arresting him. Lei tried to place a Singapore 50 dollar note in Sergeant Mervyn’s pocket. Sergeant Mervyn rejected the offer and arrested Lei. The attempted bribery was subsequently referred to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
5 In Singapore, it is an offence to bribe or attempt to bribe public officers. Any person who is convicted of a corruption offence can be fined up to $100,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to five years or to both.
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6 Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption. The CPIB takes a serious view of any corrupt practices and will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in such acts.