Friday, December 6

Cambodian job scam: First suspect released on police bail

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The first suspect who was arrested in connection with the Cambodia job scam, has been released on police bail. – Bernama file photo

KUCHING: The first suspect who was arrested in connection with the Cambodia job scam, has been released on police bail.

However, the 35-year-old — who was arrested on Feb 23 and remanded for seven days (Feb 24 to March 3) for investigations to be conducted under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating — is required to return to the police station at a given time.

“We (police) have reached seven days which is the maximum period for a remand order,” said Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Supt Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah today.

The police bail, he said, was approved by Kuching High Court registrar Dora Undau.

Meanwhile, the other two suspects, who were also investigated under under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, will also see their remand entering the maximum seven days period tomorrow (March 4).

The second suspect, a 35-year-old male was arrested on Feb 24 at a house in Traffic Garden. A drug test also showed him tested positive for Methamphetamine.

The third suspect, a-35 year-old female was also arrested on Feb 24 at a house at Taman Chung Hua. Both were remanded since Feb 25.

All three suspects were arrested in connection to a job scam which saw 47 Malaysians (40 Sarawakians) being detained at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison, Cambodia.

The victims had applied for work in Cambodia through various social media networks between October and November 2018 and even transferred a deposit into a bank account but were not aware of the potential scam.

All the 43 Malaysians were released after successful negotiations between Wisma Putra and the Cambodian government and have since returned back to their respective states on Feb 17.