PUTRAJAYA: Graft investigators followed procedures in releasing the suspect who fled after he was given bail, including surrendering the individual to his guarantor and escorting him to his vehicle.
The man, a suspected member of an online gambling and Macau scam ring, fled by climbing over the gates of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption headquarters compound – to escape police arrest, said sources with knowledge on the incident.
The sources did not disclose the escapee’s identity but confirmed that the person was not an individual named Addy Kana.
The sources said in the Oct 11 incident, the suspect was handed over to his lawyer after his bail was posted and an MACC officer followed the suspect until he got into an awaiting MPV.
The man, along with eight others was remanded for several days to allow MACC investigators to probe into the activities of the online gambling and Macau scam syndicate.
“The suspect boarded the vehicle. However, along the journey to the main gate, the suspect could have gotten out of the vehicle and fled with the help of two bodyguards to avoid being arrested by the police, ” said a source when contacted.
Police personnel, who were waiting at the MACC headquarters’ main gate to rearrest all the suspects, stopped the vehicle he was supposed to be in and could not find him.
CCTV footage showed that he climbed over a side gate with the help of his bodyguards and another car was seen waiting by the roadside to help him flee the scene.
Earlier that day, the nine suspects were brought before a magistrate to be released and were taken back to the commission’s headquarters to settle bail and other documentation.
The sources said upon seeing the presence of police officers at the MACC premises, the suspects refused to leave their vehicles.
Police were there to rearrest the suspects to help in their investigations into the same case.
The sources said after a discussion between MACC officers, police and the suspects’ lawyers, the police agreed to wait outside the main gate of the MACC headquarters.
After completing the bail and documentation process, all the suspects were released and handed over to their guarantors.
“All vehicles ferrying the suspects would have to pass the main gate, where the suspects were rearrested by the police, ” said the sources.
Police are now on the hunt for the suspect while three others whom they had rearrested that day have been detained under the Prevention of Crime Act.
The MACC had questioned more than a dozen people, including senior police officers in its probe into an online gambling and Macau scam syndicate, believed to have received protection from the police.