Match-fixing: Suspected bookie’s remand extended by 5 days

misc-mifaPUTRAJAYA: The remand period of a suspected football bookie has been extended by five days from tomorrow to facilitate match fixing involving the MISC-MIFA team in the Premier League.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman allowed the extended remand at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court to enable the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to hold the 49-year-old man until April 17.

The suspect, who had been on a six-day remand since April 7, was brought to the court in MACC lock-up clothes at 9.20am accompanied by MACC officers.

He was detained in Kuala Lumpur on April 5 on suspicion of offering bribes running into thousands of ringgit to certain MISC-MIFA players to determine the outcome of matches.

The case is being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009, which provides for a fine of five times the bribery amount and maximum jail of 20 years.

Meanwhile, three players of the club, who were also detained by the MACC in connection with the case, were allowed to be released on MACC bail at RM50,000 each by the same court today.

The trio, two locals aged 26 and 27 and a 29-year-old Argentinian, had been remanded since April 6.

A source said based on preliminary investigations, the suspected players received between RM10,000 and RM30,000 to throw away matches.