Judge remanded in hospital over release of illegal immigrants

by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA

A SESSIONS Court judge in Selangor has been remanded for two days to assist the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its investigation into a bribery case related to the release of illegal immigrants.

The remand on the judge, who was arrested by the MACC two days ago, was made at Putrajaya Hospital where he was warded after complaining of chest pain yesterday morning.

Media practitioners had earlier waited outside the Magistrate’s Court to cover the case, but they were eventually told that the remand order on the 45-year-old man was issued at the hospital.

“Remanded for two days,” said MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya (picture).

Yesterday, Latheefa said the judge was detained following the arrest last week of a lawyer, a deputy public prosecutor and six policemen from Hulu Selangor district police headquarters.

Meanwhile, a total of 18 officers and enforcement personnel of the Penang Road Transport Department (JPJ) who

were arrested for alleged corruption are to be charged in the Butterworth Sessions Court in stages beginning today, according to Latheefa.

She said the officers and enforcement personnel are suspected to have accepted bribes to protect lorry drivers who committed offences in the state.

“I cannot reveal the details of the charge until they are prosecuted tomorrow. They will be charged in stages. The officers are not so high level,” she told a press conference after a working visit to the Penang MACC office yesterday.

On April 16, the MACC had arrested 31 individuals, among them 23 Penang JPJ enforcement personnel, to assist in the investigation into corruption over the protection of lorry drivers who committed offences, especially overloading.

Asked whether more arrests could be expected, Latheefa said she could not give such information as it would hamper the investigation.

“We seek the media’s understanding because this case seems to be syndicate-like and we do not want any sabotage of the probe,” she said.