Woman wants court to free husband nabbed in alleged forex scam

poca-storyKUALA LUMPUR: A woman seeks to challenge the Magistrate Court’s order that allowed her husband to be remanded for 21 days under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) for investigations related to a foreign exchange investment scam.

In a review filed with the High Court registry here today, the wife of Vishnu Moorthy Raja Singgam wants the court to review the 21 days detention period granted by Magistrate Mahyuddin Mohamad Som on March 29.

Speaking to reporters after filing the review order, lawyer P Uthayakumar and Vishnu’s wife, A Magaswarie claimed the detention was wrong.

“The husband only works as a salesman in an investment company and was wrongly implicated along with five other detainees who are at the management level,” Uthayakumar said.

The lawyer claimed Vishnu is a “victim” under the prevention law.

“Poca was meant to prevent crimes that threatened the order of society. This is the first time Poca is used for a commercial case,” he said.

Magaswarie, who is six months pregnant, questioned the basis of her husband’s detention.

“He is a just salesman and is not involved in the company’s decision-making process,” she said in tears, pleading for his release.

Uthayakumar added he had filed a certificate of urgency to have the High Court hear Vishnu’s appeal as soon as possible.

In a statement on March 29, Bukit Aman commercial crime investigation department (CCID) chief Acryl Sani Abdullah said six people were nabbed over the Venus FX forex scheme syndicate that had allegedly cheated RM80 million from 23,000 investors.

Six people were subsequently arrested and held under Section 3(1) of Poca.

Former MIC leader, R Ramanan also lodged a police report against a “Datuk Seri and his wife” who were said to own the forex investment company.