MACC nabs Lahad Datu police inspector over alleged RM3,500 bribe

AVILA GERALDINE


KOTA KINABALU: A police officer with the rank of Inspector was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today for allegedly soliciting and receiving a RM3,500 bribe.

The 37-year-old officer was nabbed at the Lahad Datu police headquarters’ traffic office at 11.30am.

The officer is alleged to have solicited and acquired a bribe from a trailer lorry driver as an inducement not to bring him to court following a fatal accident case in Feb 2012.

According to an MACC source, the driver was supposed to have been issued a traffic summons, and there was an order for him to be charged in court after an investigation was carried out.

“However, the officer took the opportunity to ask the lorry driver for a RM3,500 bribe as an inducement so that he would not be charged and sentenced to prison,” said the source.

Meanwhile, Sabah MACC director, Datuk Sazali Salbi, confirmed the arrest, adding that the police inspector will be remanded tomorrow to facilitate investigation.