IGP: Cops to call up MACC chief to help audio recordings probe

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  • Monday, 13 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman will call up Latheefa Koya (pic) in the course of its investigations into an alleged criminal conspiracy involving nine audio recordings revealed by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) chief.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said they would leave no stone unturned in their investigations.

"We will be calling Latheefa Koya to help with our investigations. There are a few questions that we need answered," he told reporters at Bukit Aman on Monday (Jan 13).

"It is very important we establish where it came from, what type of recording it is and its authenticity," he said.

He said their investigations were being conducted under Section 203(A) of the Penal Code for giving false information respecting an offence committed, Section 218 of the Penal Code for a public servant framing an incorrect record or writing with intent to save someone from punishment or property from forfeiture as well as Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act for revealing official secrets.

"I hope you all will be sympathetic towards us. Like I said we have a long list of issues burdening us.

"Each case does not just involve one officer, we have teams working on investigations and which involve a lot of work and coordination," he said.

He added that if there was any legal ambiguity involved, they would seek assistance from the Attorney General.

On how law enforcement agencies determine who to perform electronic surveillance on, he explained there were provisions under the law for wire tapping, which involved crimes such as kidnapping and organised crime.

"I think it is also the same for the MACC," he said.

The nine audio recordings, allegedly involving high-ranking officials including former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, were revealed by the MACC on Jan 8.

Latheefa had alleged it showed a "criminal conspiracy at the highest level" and was certain of its "absolute authenticity".

The recordings are said to have taken place between Jan 5,2016, and July 29,2016.

The MACC said it received them anonymously just after New Year's Day.

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