Sessions Court judge detained over release of illegal immigrants

22 Jul 2019 / 19:59 H.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained a Sessions Court judge today over alleged bribery for the release of illegal immigrants in Kuala Kubu Baru.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said the arrest was a follow-up to the existing investigation into the eight individuals, including a lawyer, a deputy public prosecutor (DPP) and six policemen.

“The latest detainee is a Kuala Kubu Baru Sessions Court judge. Some cash have been also seized during the arrest,“ she said.

Earlier yesterday, the eight suspects were remanded for another five days. They were arrested on July 17 over allegations that they had accepted bribes to release illegal immigrants.

Another policeman who was also arrested has been released, according to MACC deputy commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki.

Investigations are being conducted under Section 16(A)(B) of the MACC Act for bribery.

The cops still in remand are of various ranks, including a corporal and a sergeant.

“We can’t speculate anything at the moment, as this is a big case,“ Azam said.

theSun reported last Thursday that the MACC team laid an ambush at about 6.30pm on July 17 after 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, purportedly to pay off the police officers and the DPP.

MACC officers also recovered about RM82,000 from the DPP when he was arrested at his office at the sessions court here.

Sources said MACC investigators believed the cash found on the DPP were kickbacks he had received.

Five of the policemen arrested were officers investigating the immigrants for illegal entry while the sixth policeman was in charge of the court lock-up.

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