Judge in graft probe remanded


Meeting the media: Latheefa and Datuk Azam Baki, the MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations), speaking to reporters during the press conference at Penang MACC headquarters in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: The arrest of a Sessions Court judge may not be a ‘one-off thing’ as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is investigating cases that could be linked to it, said top graft buster Latheefa Koya.

“This may not be a one-off thing as it’s very serious and we are still investigating if there are other cases.

“We hope the arrest of the nine people including the judge will send a strong message to the rest,” she said during the press conference when asked to elaborate on the case in Penang yesterday.

The 45-year-old was arrested by MACC for alleged corruption invol­ving illegal immigrants on Monday, with the two-day remand starting yesterday.

Latheefa, the MACC chief commissioner confirmed the remand of the judge.

It is understood that the suspect was remanded at Putrajaya Hospital where he was receiving treatment after he complained of feeling unwell.

Aside from the judge, who sat in the Kuala Kubu Baru Sessions Court, eight other suspects were remanded for investigations into alleged corruption in connection with the charging and release of 15 illegal immigrants.

Those remanded during the operation include a deputy public prosecutor and a lawyer.

Six policemen detained in connection with the case have been released after their five-day- remand expired.

In Kota Baru, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin said the recent arrests of a number of legal practitioners, including a court judge, proved that no one is above the law.

“We leave it to the MACC to investigate and if there is a case, it will be brought to the Attorney-General for further action,” he told reporters after the handing-over of the Kota Baru court complex in Tunjung yesterday.

Also present at the ceremony were Chief Justice Datuk Seri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Federal Court chief registrar Tuan Ahmad Terrirudin Mohd Salleh.

Mohamed Hanipa said although the case gave rise to some negative public perception, all parties needed to act fairly so that the individuals allegedly involved were not deemed guilty before being decided by the court.

The Kota Baru court complex project was built with an allocation of RM106.42mil and consists a four-storey building with 13 courtrooms.


   

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