MELAKA: Police believe fugitive businessman Datuk Seri Nicky Liow Soon Hee is still in the country.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said that a task force led by Johor police is relentlessly pursuing those involved in the fugitive’s network of large-scale money laundering operations and commercial crime cases.
Abdul Hamid said this after attending a meeting with the Operasi Bersepadu Khazanah (OBK) task force organised by the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) at a hotel here on Friday (April 9).
This follows the charging of sixteen members of the Nicky Gang at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court on Friday for involvement in organised crime activities.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said they were charged for money laundering activities.
He added that Nicky was charged in absentia under Section 130V of the Penal Code together with his personal assistant, who is also believed to be a gang member and is also still at large.
“Nicky and his assistant, a female Chinese national named Niu Zhe, were charged with being members of an organised criminal group," Comm Ayob Khan said in a statement on Friday.
Comm Ayob Khan said the two accused face a jail sentence of up to 20 years if found guilty.
He said Nicky’s brothers Datuk Liow Wei Loon and Datuk Liow Wei Kin were also charged under the same Section.
Other gang members charged were Datuk Lee Kum Weng, Datuk Loo Siew Chin, Datuk Jovian Joris Tan Chern Chian, Lee Kam Onn, Lee Han Keat, Eee Eng Chee and Lim Kang Li.
Comm Ayob Khan said four Chinese nationals - Jiang Xue, Gue Xin Qiong, husband and wife Wang Yu Jin and Huang Lei - were also charged.
He said Datuk Seri Lim Kim Ming, an auditor, was charged under Section 130W of the Penal Code for his collaboration with the gang.