KOTA KINABALU: A police inspector was detained by the Lahad Datu branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly soliciting and receiving a bribe amounting to RM3,500.
The 37-year-old suspect was arrested at Lahad Datu district police headquarters’ traffic office about 11.30pm.
He was detained for soliciting the money as an inducement for not taking action against a trailer lorry driver for a fatal road accident in 2012.
According to a source, the accident in February 2012 resulted in the death of one person and injury of another.
It was understood that after the investigation was completed, there was no instruction to charge the trailer lorry driver.
The suspect is believed to have taken this opportunity to ask for a bribe of RM3,500 from the driver so that the latter would not be charged and sentenced to jail.
Sabah MACC director Sazali Salbi, when contacted, confirmed the arrest and said the suspect would be remanded tomorrow to facilitate investigations.