Indonesian tour guide who falsely accused Tuas Checkpoint officer of asking for bribe jailed

Harry Ristanto, 42, was jailed three weeks for knowingly giving false information to the police regarding a corruption offence. (PHOTO: Getty Creative)

SINGAPORE — An Indonesian tour guide who falsely accused a Tuas Checkpoint officer of asking him for a bribe was jailed three weeks on Thursday (27 June).

Harry Ristanto, 42, was charged for knowingly giving false information to the police regarding a corruption offence, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in a media release.

On 6 October 2012, a group of Indonesian tourists led by Ristanto and a Malaysian tour guide entered Singapore via Tuas Checkpoint.

During the process, the two guides were brought to a room by a checkpoint officer for a brief interview. Once the interview was done, Ristanto informed the other guide that the officer had asked him for a bribe, which he claimed to have paid.

Ristanto later even signed on a letter alleging that the officer had asked for a $2,000 bribe and he had given $1,500 to the officer. This was done despite Ristanto being aware that the allegation was untrue.

“False allegations of corruption against public officers unfairly undermine their integrity and can erode public trust in the public service,” said the CPIB.

Those convicted of knowingly giving false or misleading information relating to corruption offences can be fined up to $10,000, jailed up to one year, or both.

The CPIB looks into all corruption complaints and be reached via the following channels:

  • In writing – CPIB Headquarters @ 2 Lengkok Bahru, S159047

  • Via phone – 1800-376-0000

  • E-complaint – www.cpib.gov.sg/e-complaint

  • E-mail – report@cpib.gov.sg

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