16 PO­LICE­MEN IN THE DOCK OVER COR­RUP­TION

Among them is Sabah Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment deputy chief

New Straits Times - - Front Page - KRISTY INUS AND KHAIRAH N. KARIM KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Balvin Kaur

SIX­TEEN mem­bers of the police force were taken to court yes­ter­day to face graft charges fol­low­ing a na­tion­wide blitz by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC).

A deputy su­per­in­ten­dent and deputy chief of a state Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment were among the 16 charged.

They were ac­cused of so­lic­it­ing money as in­duce­ment to not act against wrong­do­ers in­volved in cheat­ing cases, traf­fic of­fences and il­le­gal im­mi­grants, among others.

All of them — eight here, four (Sabah), three (Se­lan­gor) and one (Pe­nang) — claimed trial.

The eight po­lice­men charged here were As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Mo­hamad Zafrul Zulk­i­fli; three cor­po­rals Abd Rahim Yusak, Azuan Khalid and Zu­lazri Idris; three lance cor­po­rals Mo­hamad Hasirun Abu Has­san, Mohd Saf­fuan Mat Salleh and Muham­mad Huz­zaini Es­man; and, a con­sta­ble Mohd Hafis Hafizi Azhari.

In Sabah, those charged were Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Mohd Mahyud­din Ab­dul­lah, who is also deputy chief of the state Com­mer­cial Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment, In­spec­tor Mohd Fa’iz Mohd Yu­sof, two cor­po­rals Elly Boni­face Siew@Siu Tu­gok and Liza Am­bau.

In Se­lan­gor, those charged were from the Subang Jaya Nar­cotics Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Divi­sion, Sergeant Aza­har Adon, 56, Cor­po­ral Rosli Bali, 55, and re­tired Cor­po­ral Yu­sof Ali, 61.

In Pe­nang, In­spec­tor Muham­mad Hafizud­din Hasan, 34, was charged.

Ear­lier this week, three po­lice­men were among eight peo­ple held in con­nec­tion with pro­tect­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants work­ing in Sarawak and Jo­hor.

MACC In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Simi Abd Ghani said rogue en­force­ment of­fi­cers were col­lud­ing with at least five syn­di­cates in­volved in bring­ing il­le­gal work­ers into the coun­try.

He said the of­fi­cers had a hand in pro­tect­ing the for­eign­ers as they were paid by the syn­di­cates to do so.

The eight peo­ple held in Sibu, Miri and Kuching in Sarawak and Klu­ang in Jo­hor, were nabbed in a swoop that fol­lowed months of sur­veil­lance by the MACC on two syn­di­cates that paid the rogue of­fi­cers.

SAALI PIC BY MO­HAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI

Some of the of­fi­cers fac­ing graft charges ar­riv­ing at the Ses­sions Court in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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