HULU SELANGOR: A deputy public prosecutor (DPP), a lawyer and six police officers were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes to secure the release of illegal immigrants held by the authorities in Kuala Kubu Baru.
Sources said the MACC team laid an ambush at about 6.30pm on receiving a tip-off that the suspects had colluded to facilitate the release of nine illegal immigrants in custody.
It is learnt that the raiding party found RM17,500 in the possession of the lawyer during his arrest, which was purportedly to pay off the police personnel and the DPP.
MACC officers also recovered about RM82,000 from the DPP during his arrest at his office at the sessions court here.
Sources said MACC investigators believe the cash found on the DPP were kickbacks he had received.
Five of the arrested policemen are the investigating officers probing the case on the illegal immigrants while the sixth policeman was in charge of the court’s lock-up.
It is learnt that all eight men were taken to the Putrajaya MACC headquarters and are being held for further investigations under a remand order.