London: A top Pakistani-origin barrister
in UK has admitted accepting a share in 20,000 pounds bribe to
drop a case against a man accused of a serious assault.
Sarfraz Ibrahim, 51, who worked for the Crown
Prosecution Service (CPS ) in South Wales for 19 years, was
caught when he told the accused disguised as an undercover
agent that he could manoeuvre an assault charge the man was
Ibrahim did not know that the accused was an
undercover officer working for the Serious Organised Crime
Swansea Crown court heard that an investigation began
after a tip off that Ibrahim, a father of three, had agreed to
stop an assault case for cash. He made the deal despite
hearing a guilty confession from the "suspect" - an undercover
officer sent to test if he was corrupt.
Ibrahim had been recommended as a man with "power", by
his co-accused, Saifur Khan, the owner of a letting agency.
According to a report in The Times, Ibrahim has
pleaded guilty to corruption, perverting the course of justice
and misconduct in public office.
Khan denies perverting justice and helping Ibrahim
commit misconduct in public office.
Jonathan Laidlaw, QC, for the prosecution, said Nick
Baker, an undercover agent, met Khan and Ibrahim and told
them he was being prosecuted for assault.
"Keeping to the script, he made it perfectly clear
he assaulted the victim. In making it clear he was guilty of
the offence, the inappropriateness of Ibrahim`s meeting with
Nick couldn`t possibly have been in question. Ibrahim
explained although his work would not ordinarily involve
reviewing cases such as this, he would keep an eye out for the
file and, if he could, he would `manoeuvre it."
The bribe was delivered to the lettings agency,
where the two men divided the money between them. They were
arrested the next day and the cash recovered, Laidlaw said.
Ibrahim will be sentenced at the end of Khan`s trial
which is expected to last in a week.