Immigration assistant director nabbed over migrant smuggling in Johor

Johor police chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay says the 50-year-old female officer was arrested by the Special Branch team of the Johor police contingent on Wednesday.

JOHOR BAHRU: Police have detained an immigration assistant director on suspicion of being involved in a migrant smuggling syndicate in Johor.

State police chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the 50-year-old female officer was arrested by the Special Branch team of the Johor police contingent on Wednesday.

The arrest was made following the interrogation of three immigration officers, arrested on June 23, allegedly involved in the same case.

The woman is the highest-ranking Immigration officer nabbed in connection with the case so far, he said.

“We believe her modus operandi was to provide fake immigration stamps to facilitate the smuggling of Indonesian nationals whose social visit passes had expired prior to the implementation of the movement control order (MCO),” he told a press conference here today.

Khan, however, said that police are still investigating whether the suspect had received any payment from the unlawful activities.

The case is being investigated under Section 26A of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act (Atipsom) 2007 by adopting the investigation procedure under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.

In this regard, Khan stressed that the police would not compromise or protect any high-ranking officers if they are found to be involved in smuggling activities.

“If one is found to be involved in illegal activities, we will make the arrest.

“We will investigate and prepare the investigation papers, which will be submitted to the Attorney General’s Chambers. It is the courts that will decide whether they are guilty or not,” he added.

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