GEORGETOWN — July 18, 2017: Each detainee is believed to have paid about RM2,000 to cops who were allegedly in cahoots with a man who escaped custody in Penang on July 9 as an inducement to allow them to meet their families.
According to Penang police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye, RM6,000 was believed to be handed over to the cops to be distributed among themselves.
“The investigation has been completed and submitted to federal police headquarters for further action while we are still on the hunt for the escaped detainee,” said Chuah at the Penang police HQ today.
In the incident, three detainees were taken from the Bayan Baru station lockup about at 2am purportedly to seek treatment in hospital. But they were instead taken to meet their families in Sungai Ara.
One detainee, Anuar Ayat, who was arrested under the Dangerous Drug Act, escaped when he was with a friend in Sungai Nibong after a meeting with his family at a condominium in Sungai Ara.
Following the incident, eight policemen were detained then released on police bail last Wednesday. They have been suspended from work.
In another case, the Kedah Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is looking for a policeman relating to an investigation into a bribery.
The last known address of corporal Shamsul Shahrul Shamsudin, 35, was Taman Derga Jaya, Jalan Dato Kumbar, in Alor Star.
The agency has asked anyone with information on the policeman to contact Assistant Superintendent Hedzra Shahrul Ahmad at 012-5135290. — Bernama