Corrupt prosecutor jailed for bribe
Jul 14 2010
A corrupt Crown prosecutor who pocketed thousands of pounds to use his position to discontinue a case has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Sarfraz Ibrahim, 51, of Cyncoed, Cardiff, South Wales, was Gwent Crown Prosecution Service trials chief at the time.
He was jailed at Swansea Crown Court after admitting corruption, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.
Ibrahim was arrested last August after being caught in an elaborate undercover sting operation carried out by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).
He and an associate were put under surveillance after Soca grew anxious about Ibrahim's potentially corrupt activities.
An "integrity test" was devised to see whether he and the associate were prepared to act corruptly.
The associate was eventually identified as a man called Saifur Rahman Khan, 37, who lived close to Ibrahim in Cardiff. Over four months, until their arrest last summer, both men were gradually tested to see whether they were honest.
A fictional scenario was created which presented them with an apparently lucrative opportunity requiring Ibrahim to use his position to intervene in a case. It centred on an assault case which Ibrahim was able to "manoeuvre" in such a way that he was eventually able to mark it "no further action".
Unknown to either man, the case was bogus and specifically created by Soca to test their honesty.
Mr Justice Treacy, passing sentence, told Ibrahim: "You did not just offend the core principles of your profession, but you committed crimes which are universally recognised as serious. The breach of trust is great."