Remand extended for 11 cops in Sabah graft probe

KOTA KINABALU: The remand period for 11 policemen nabbed over graft allegations have been extended for three days until Wednesday (Oct 17) after it ended on Sunday (Oct 14).

Magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus granted the remand application filed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

MACC prosecuting officer Mohd Faliq Basiruddin said the remand period was extended to allow further investigations. 

One suspect was represented by a lawyer at the Kota Kinabalu central lockup in Kepayan on Sunday, while the rest were unrepresented. 

The case will be brought to court on Wednesday. 

On Oct 9, 11 policemen, including a retired cop, were remanded for seven days after being nabbed from various locations around Sabah. 

The 12th policeman was nabbed and remanded in Sibu, Sarawak. 

The suspects, aged between 26 and 55, held different positions like lance corporal, sergeant and inspector. 

They were with the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department in the Kota Belud district police headquarters. 

They had allegedly been receiving cash, on a weekly or monthly basis, for the past five years. 

The MACC has yet to determine the amount of bribes involved, but believe that it could amount to thousands of ringgit. 

The case is being investigated under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 which carries a fine of five times the bribe amount, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, or a jail term not more than 20 years.

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