Jail for ex-jail officer who leaked inmate data about other inmates

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SINGAPORE — A prison officer unlawfully gave a disruptive inmate information about other inmates in hopes the inmate would not cause problems for him at work.

Muhammad Fattahullah Mohd Nordin, 38, who is no longer a prison officer, was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison on Wednesday (24 August) after pleading guilty to two charges under the Computer Abuse Act.

He had shared the information with Abdul Karim Mohamed Kuppai Khan, 36, also known as “Dio”.

Another former prison officer, Muhammad Zul Helmy Abdul Latip, 33, is also accused of similar crimes. The cases of Abdul Karim and Zul Helmy are pending.

Fattahullah, a former sergeant, joined the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) in August 2008.

In 2017 or 2018 he was transferred to Tanah Merah prison, where he met Abdul Karim, who was said to be a leader of the secret society.

Assistant prosecutor Kelvin Chong said, “The defendant was also aware … that Dio was known to be a disruptive inmate.”

Abdul Karim asked Fattahullah for information about other inmates, such as their whereabouts in the prisons.

This data was available on an SPS computer system known as the Prison Operations and Rehabilitation System II (Ports II), to which Fattahullah had access.

All SPS staff had received prison policy training on the use of the agency’s computer equipment and networks, including Ports II.

DPP Chong said the standing order expressly affirms that unauthorized disclosure, alteration, removal or compromise of classified information is a criminal offense.

Despite this, Fattahullah Abdul Karim repeatedly shared information about the other inmates.

“Dio contacted the defendant on at least five occasions from January to June 2020 to request information about the locations of the other inmates. Dio used to check who was manning the unit’s control center via the intercom in his cell,” the DPP added.

“After Dio knew the defendant was manning the crime scene, he gave the defendant the inmate’s number and asked (the defendant) to check the cluster they were in.”

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