Three nabbed for alleged involvement in online gambling racket to be held under POCA

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 13 Oct 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The three individuals who were detained for alleged involvement with an illegal online gambling racket will be detained under the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid said the trio will be detained from Tuesday (Oct 13) to facilitate police investigations into the gambling syndicate in Cheras.

"We will be detaining them under POCA and will investigate the matter further," he said.

Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed had earlier said that the three men, who were previously arrested by graft-busters, have been rearrested by the police upon their release on Sunday (Oct 11).

"They have been arrested to assist with police investigations into an illegal online gambling operation. We will update on the developments in the case from time to time," he said Sunday night.

It was reported that nine individuals who were remanded by the MACC had been released on MACC bail on Sunday (Oct 11).

However, the CID has since arrested three of them.

The remand application for the trio was rejected by the courts on Monday (Oct 12) and they were subsequently rearrested by the police.

The MACC had earlier summoned nine senior police officers on Friday (Oct 9) to facilitate its probe as it widens its dragnet in nailing those involved in online gambling and Macau scam activities.

However, sources said the officers had not been arrested in connection with protecting the illegal activities run by a local cartel.

“They were summoned to have their statements recorded for now but not arrested, ” said a source with knowledge of the case.

The source said that to date, 39 witnesses had been called up to have their statements recorded and of the number, 19 were remanded.

“The MACC is aggressively tracking the remaining members of the syndicate, with a focus on finding law enforcers involved, ” said the source, adding that the MACC has so far frozen 736 accounts and seized RM101mil in connection with this probe.

The senior police officers were believed to be attached to the Kuala Lumpur and district police headquarters and include two OCPDs and four officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), sources also said.

The police also called up several senior CID officers to help in investigations and give their statements.

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