Court releases van driver on MACC bail

PUTRAJAYA: A van driver who was remanded for six days to facilitate investigations in a corruption probe related to illegal gambling premises and massage parlours in Melaka, was released on bail yesterday.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman allowed the 32-year-old man to be released on a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bail of RM100,000 with one surety.

The van driver who was believed to be the middleman who collected protection money, was arrested on Thursday. He was the 11th person arrested in connection with the case.

It is understood that the suspect's bank account was used to deposit protection money paid by illegal gambling operators and illegal massage parlour operators before being distributed to others.

The MACC had arrested 13 people, including nine policemen. Eleven were released on MACC bail.

They were investigated under Section 16 (a) (b) and 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Illegal Activities Act 2001. -— Bernama