Saturday, October 19

MACC nabs three Sarawak government officers, businessman in graft probe (UPDATE)

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KUCHING: The Magistrate’s Court here has dismissed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) application to remand three senior officers of a state government agency and a businessman in connection with a graft probe.

Magistrate Mohd Syukri Mokhtar found no grounds to grant the remand application for the men, who were detained last night, and released them.

MACC had asked the court for a seven-day remand order for the suspects as it was unable to complete the investigation under Section 16(a) of the MACC Act 2009 within 24 hours.

The lawyer of one of the officers, Roger Chin, said there was no solid reason given by MACC for arresting his client.

“If the arrest was only to help in MACC’s investigation, why didn’t MACC officers also remand Datuk Seri Najib (Razak) for the corruption case that he is facing? So there is no reason for them to hold my client,” he said, referring to the former prime minister who is now facing graft charges over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal.