Thirteen suspects, including nine Immigration Dept personnel, remanded over border stamp forgery

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  • Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020

13 suspects including nine personnel from the Immigration Department (JIM) arrived at the Magistrate Court by bus for a remand application by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) for their alleged involvement in border stamp forgery.—NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: A total of 13 suspects, including nine Immigration Department personnel, were remanded at the Magistrate's Court here over a case involving border stamp forgery.

The other four suspects allegedly acted as agents who helped foreigners obtain Immigration stamps.

All of the suspects were issued a seven-day remand order by the court assistant registrar Mohammad Salehuddin Abd Sani starting Tuesday (Nov 17) until Monday (Nov 23).

According to a source, the Immigration personnel allegedly received between RM100 to RM500 for every foreign passport stamped from 2017 until this year.

The case is being investigated under Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009.

The case was prosecuted by MACC senior deputy public prosecutor Mahadi Abd Jumaat.

The four suspects, who acted as agents, were represented by lawyers Noordin Hussein, Baharudin Baharim and Amarpreet Singh, while the nine Immigration personnel were represented by S. Bharathi.

Earlier, the suspects aged from 35 to 45 arrived at the court lobby at about 9.15am on an MACC bus.

According to a report by Metro, the suspects were among 43 people arrested by the MACC at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Monday (Nov 15).

They would allegedly stamp travel documents for the owner who had not travelled through Immigration checkpoints.

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