PETALING JAYA: Eight people, including an army pathologist, are expected to be charged in two courts today with the murder of deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais (pic), whose body was found in a cemented oil drum.
The suspects, aged between 22 and 52, were arrested in the Klang Valley, Penang and Kedah over the past few weeks.
Besides the 52-year-old army doctor with the rank of colonel, the others are mechanics, security guards and two jobless men.
The eight were among 11 persons detained after a series of arrests over the abduction and murder of Morais.
Three of the remanded are expected to be released today with conditions.
Police sources said the pathologist and a mechanic would be charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code with abetting the murder of Morais.
The doctor would be brought before a Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court while the mechanic would be charged in a Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court.
The six others would be charged with murder in a Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court.
If convicted, each of the accused would face the mandatory death sentence for abetment and murder.
It is learnt that police have completed the investigations and identified the mastermind behind the murder and also the motive for it.
“The remand orders of most of the suspects, including the doctor, will expire on Tuesday (tomorrow),” said a source familiar with the case.
A DNA test performed on the body found in a cemented oil drum on Sept 16 matched that of Morais.
The oil drum was dumped at a swamp in Subang Jaya.
One of the suspects arrested led police to the location of the oil drum.
The doctor, who faces abetment to the murder, was charged in the Shah Alam Sessions Court with two counts of bribery involving RM700,000 in September 2013.
He was accused of having recommended three companies to supply medicines and disposable medical tools to an army hospital.
In December the same year, he was charged in another Sessions Court with engaging in unlawful trade while being a government servant.
Morais was among three deputy public prosecutors involved in prosecuting the cases.
The doctor also has a corruption case which has been adjourned to January next year.
Morais, who was described by his friends as kind, humble, dedicated and committed to his job, went missing on Sept 4 after leaving his residence in Menara Duta for work in Putrajaya in a grey Proton Perdana.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission director of legal and prosecution division Datuk Umar Saifuddin Jaafar has said that Morais, who was seconded to the MACC for 10 years, handled many high-profile cases.
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