State legal officers remanded

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  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

Leaving the area: The 42-year-old legal officer being led away from Alor Setar Court Complex. — Photo by GC TAN/The Star

ALOR SETAR: Three Penang state legal officers have been remanded for allegedly soliciting RM500,000 bribe and receiving RM100,000 in bribes from a member of the public linked to a commercial case.

Magistrate Nurshahida Abdul Rahim granted a six-day remand order on one of the suspects, aged 42, while two others, aged 29 and 52, have been remanded for three days. They have been remanded since yesterday.

Earlier, the suspects arrived at the court’s lock-up area at about 10.45am.

They were led straight into the police lock-up before they were brought into a Magistrate’s Court here for the remand process to take place.

The suspects then left the courtroom at about 12.35pm in two unmarked MACC cars.

The 42-year-old suspect was unrepresented, while the other two were represented by counsel Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla.

Kedah Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Datuk Shaharom Nizam Abd Manap, who confirmed and disclosed the details of their arrest in a statement, said the three legal officers were arrested separately.

He said the 42-year-old suspect was arrested at a hotel in Penang at 12.15pm on Monday, while the two other suspects were arrested at the Kedah MACC office at 10.15pm and 10.38pm later in the day.

“One of the suspect was department head of the legal office.

“Investigation on the case will be carry out under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009, ” he said.

Shaharom Nizam said the suspects had allegedly asked for a RM500,000 bribe and had received RM100,000 from a member of the public as an inducement to ensure that a commercial case that was reported by that person would be prosecuted in court.

He also urged those who had fallen victim to such a bribery syndicate to come forward and lodge a report with Kedah MACC.

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