JOHOR BARU: A senior police officer has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur for alleged involvement with an organised crime syndicate led by fugitive businessman Datuk Seri Nicky Liow.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the suspect was detained by officers from the state Commercial Crime Investigation Department.
“I can confirm the arrest and investigations are ongoing. There will be more arrests and we will call a press conference to announce the full details in due course, ” he told a press conference yesterday.
According to a Malay daily, the 40-year-old officer with the rank of Assistant Superintendent and head of a department in Kuala Lumpur was arrested on Wednesday.
On Liow, Comm Ayob said police had obtained the Interpol Red Notice to locate and arrest the missing syndicate leader and his Chinese assistant Niu Zhi aged 31.
“We received the Red Notice for Liow on Tuesday and Niu on the following day, ” he added.
The Red Notice refers to a request to help locate and detain a person of interest.
Liow is believed to be hiding in the country and is wanted for alleged money-laundering activities and involvement in an organised crime syndicate.
On a separate matter, Comm Ayob said police had arrested a 51-year-old man over a report lodged some 10 years ago after new evidence had been found.
The suspect was arrested at 9.40am yesterday in Kampung Dato Onn, Larkin, for pretending to be the Johor palace’s lawyer.
He is expected to be charged today.