Senior cop and three others remanded over graft

GEORGE TOWN: A senior police officer with the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) has been remanded with three other men for allegedly receiving monthly bribes to protect and leak information on drug trafficking syndicates in the state over the past few years.

The four suspects – comprising the 43-year-old ASP, a 40-year-old Lans Korporal, 36-year-old Penang Island City Council (MBPP) employee and a 29-year-old civilian who is a businessman – were detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here to assist in investigations into the bribery case.

Clad in orange lockup T-shirts from MACC, they were produced at the Magistrate’s Court here at about 10.30am.

Escorted by MACC officers, the men tried to cover their faces with towels and their T-shirts as they were brought to court.

Assistant registrar Muhammad Azam Md Eusoff allowed the ASP, Lans Korporal and MBPP employee to be remanded for two days until today while the civilian was remanded for four days until Monday.

Muhammad Azam granted the remand order under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code to assist investigations under Section 16(a)(B) of the MACC Act 2009.

The charge under Section 16(a)(B) of the MACC Act 2009 for bribery is punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act, which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount or value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

It is understood that the total amount involving all the suspects was RM500,000.

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