13 more custom officers nabbed in Malaysia over smuggling scandal

13 more custom officers nabbed in Malaysia over smuggling scandal

PETALING JAYA - Another 13 Customs officers, including a state director, were remanded for a week to facilitate investigations into a smuggling scandal involving illicit cigarettes and alcohol.

The suspects are being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC).

They are aged between 32 and 57 and are believed to be of various ranks.

It is learnt that the state director has a Datuk title.

They were brought to court at around 9.50am and were seen dressed in orange lock-up attire.

Magistrate Ahmad Solihin Abd Wahid issued the remand order to facilitate further investigations under the MACC Act 2009, the Anti-Money Laundering Act and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act.

The remand period for the officers will end next Thursday.

It was reported that the MACC made the arrests while raiding the officers' homes and offices in the Klang Valley and northern states at midnight on Wednesday.

This followed the arrest of 22 people, including 12 Customs officers on Sept 3, for alleged corruption involving smuggling of items.

MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said the suspects were detained in a special operation in the Klang Valley following more than a year of surveillance on the duty free zone in Port Klang.

Among those detained were 10 company owners and their agents, as well as a lorry driver suspected of transporting the smuggled items.

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