Immigration staff member among eight people picked up in Penang CCID-Macau scam probe

GEORGE TOWN: A staff member at the Penang Immigration Department headquarters, in Seberang Jaya, is among four individuals detained in relation to a probe into the release of Macau scam suspects last month.

Several police officers from the state's Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) are already under investigation for their involvement in the case.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said the four were detained and remanded for a day to assist investigations.

Comm Sahabudin said the police officers being investigated were two Inspectors and two Assistant Superintendents, aged between 30 and 50, from the George Town CCID.

Comm Sahabudin said two of the police officers were detained on Feb 13 and another two on Feb 15 and all of them were remanded for a day.

Comm Sahabudin said the investigation is almost complete with several documents being analysed before it can be submitted to the state public prosecution office.

Comm Sahabudin expressed his disappointment with the actions of the officers involved and said he instructed the George Town OCPD to lodge a police report once they received the information about the incident.

"I have asked the CID from state police headquarters to conduct the investigation to ensure that the probe is conducted fairly and thoroughly," he said.

He added that he had also ordered that the officers involved be monitored closely and to make sure that they are not interfering in the investigations.

The case is being probed under Section 217 of the Penal Code where a public servant disobeys a direction of law with intent to save person(s) from punishment, or property from forfeiture.

On March 12 Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said in his statement that an officer was found to have released Macau scam suspects in Penang.

Abdul Hamid was reported saying that the matter was being investigated by Bukit Aman's Department of Integrity and Standard Compliance (JIPS).

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