6 COPS HELD OVER EX­TOR­TION BID

They tried to ex­tort money from two il­le­gal gam­bling op­er­a­tors

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AGROUP of po­lice­men who tried ex­tort­ing money from two il­le­gal gam­bling op­er­a­tors found them­selves in trou­ble when their peers caught wind of their de­vi­ous plot.

The six men, in­clud­ing an in­spec­tor, were ar­rested be­tween 10pm on Tues­day and 3am yes­ter­day at the state and dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters here, as well as at the Padawan and Lundu sta­tions.

The two il­le­gal lot­tery op­er­a­tors, from whom the rogue po­lice­men tried to ex­tort money, lodged a re­port against them, a po­lice source said.

They claimed the rogue po­lice­men had asked them to pay RM10,000 to avoid be­ing ar­rested in an on­go­ing crack­down on il­le­gal gam­bling ac­tiv­i­ties.

The source said one of the op­er­a­tors paid RM2,000 while the other paid RM500 to the group.

The six po­lice­men, aged be­tween 25 and 53, were re­manded for three days to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The sus­pects ap­peared calm when they were pro­duced at the mag­is­trate’s court in Pe­tra Jaya, near here, yes­ter­day.

Mag­is­trate Zul­hairil Su­laiman de­nied the sus­pects bail.

They were un­rep­re­sented. Zul­hairil or­dered them to be re­manded un­til Aug 12.

State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Datuk Amer Awal said there would be no le­niency for any po­lice­men who abused their author­ity and com­mit crimes.

“It is in­tol­er­a­ble.

“We will never pro­tect of­fi­cers abus­ing their power as their ac­tion will tar­nish the im­age of the force,” he said at the state po­lice head­quar­ters here. Present was state CID chief Datuk Dev Ku­mar.

“We are in the process of ques­tion­ing the sus­pects to get a clearer pic­ture of what hap­pened, how long they have been ex­tort­ing money, how much is the amount and whether any other vic­tims were in­volved.

“The two vic­tims are busi­ness­men... But we can’t re­veal too much yet,” Amer added.

PIC BY CHE RANI CHE DIN

The rogue po­lice­men be­ing taken to the mag­is­trate’s court in Kuching yes­ter­day.

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