MACC nabs Sessions Court judge over release of immigrants

MACC chief Latheefa Koya says the arrest is related to seeking the release of undocumented migrants from detention.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested a Sessions Court judge in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor, over alleged corruption involving the release of illegal immigrants.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya confirmed the arrest of the 45-year-old judge, which was carried out this evening.

The arrest was made in connection with the previous arrest of a lawyer, deputy public prosecutor and police personnel, she said in a statement.

It had been reported that they were arrested for allegedly taking bribes to secure the release of illegal immigrants held by the authorities in Kuala Kubu Bharu.

“(The) investigation is related to the detention of PATI (undocumented migrants) for the purpose of seeking payment for their release,” Latheefa said.

“A sum of money was also seized when the arrest was made,” she added.

The Malay Mail reported that the lawyer was “paying out” RM17,500 meant for the policemen and DPP for the release of illegal immigrants before being nabbed by MACC investigators.

The DPP was also found to be in possession of RM82,500 which was believed to be proceeds from other gratification activities, the daily reported.