Dear A.S.S. Editor
A prison officer has brought shame to his profession, by being charged in court with eight counts of attempting to obtain bribes from an inmate. Kobi Krishna Ayavoo, 50, was alleged to have committed the offences between September 2015 and March 2016 at Changi Prison, where he was stationed.
He allegedly tried to obtain from the inmate, named as Chong Keng Chye, bribes in the form of loans totaling $70,000. Krishna, who was prison senior chief warder, was further accused of attempting to receive $11,000 in cash from him. He allegedly tried to obtain the bribes in exchange for facilitating the inmate’s request to transfer from Changi Prison Cluster A1 to a different prison institution.
It was not known how CPIB got wind of the bribery attempts, but they had made clear via a statement that Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption.