Senior federal counsel, DPPs remanded for case-fixing probe

The three men were arrested yesterday over suspicions of receiving bribes to ensure the prosecution of a man in a commercial crime case.

ALOR SETAR: Three Penang-based officers of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) were remanded for three to six days at the Magistrate’s Court here today to assist in a probe into a case-fixing bribery racket.

The men were arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday over suspicions of receiving bribes to ensure the prosecution of a man in a commercial crime case.

FMT was told that the trio allegedly asked for RM500,000 in bribes.

At court today, magistrate Nur Shahida Abdul Rahim allowed a three-day remand until June 4 for a high-ranking deputy public prosecutor (DPP) and his colleague.

She also allowed a six-day remand until June 7 for a senior federal counsel (SFC).

DPP Tan Siew Ping prosecuted, while lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla appeared for the two DPPs. The SFC was unrepresented.

Yesterday, a source told FMT that the SFC had received RM100,000 from an undercover MACC agent at a hotel in Bayan Lepas, Penang, which led to his immediate arrest.

MACC officers had been pretending to be an interested party in ensuring the prosecution of a person in a case.

The anti-graft agency had received a complaint on May 16 alleging that a prosecutor had asked for RM500,000 “to ensure the successful prosecution” of a particular person.

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