Friday, January 22, 2021

Malaysia: Magistrate remanded for receiving bribe in cigarette smuggling case

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A magistrate has been remanded for five days for allegedly accepting a bribe in return for not imposing a prison sentence on a suspected cigarette smuggler (smuggling).

The remand order against the 38-year-old magistrate, which expires on Sunday, was issued by magistrate Tengku Eliana Tuan Kamaruzaman at the Kuantan Court yesterday.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed the matter when met at the court complex.

“We received information on corruption involving the Judiciary Department.

“This could possibly be one of them,” he said.

On Oct 15, MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya was reported to have said that the commission had received 20 leads on corruption, involving the judiciary, from early January to August this year.

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