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Tawau customs officer among trio remanded
Published on: Friday, August 10, 2018

Tawau: A Tawau senior customs officer was among three people remanded for six days on suspicion of abuse of power and corruption.

The officer, 43, and two clerks of a transportation company - a 43-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man - were hand-cuffed and wearing civilian clothes while being taken to the court by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Thursday.

Magistrate Herlina Muse granted the remand application by MACC In-Charge Assistant Jaffaruddin Shahari.

According to an MACC source, the officer (first suspect) had, on Aug 8 at about 10.30am, allegedly demanded RM3,000 at the Tawau Customs office from a man in return for the release of a boat imported from Japan.

The officer had allegedly ordered the complainant to hand over the money to either the woman (second suspect) or man (third suspect).

The second suspect was picked up at 5.15pm on Wednesday for allegedly abetting the officer in receiving the bribe.

The officer was arrested at the Tawau MACC office at 7.30pm, followed by the third suspect at 7.35pm the same day.

The case is being investigated under Section 16(a) and Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009. - Lagatah Toyos

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