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Friday, 18 November 2011

26 policemen quizzed over missing cash



Selangor police have questioned 26 policemen over the disappearance of cash evidence in the KLIA robbery case from its headquarters here, admitting today the incident could be due to negligence.

State police chief DCP Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said police have opened a two-pronged investigation under sections 457 (breaking and entering) and 201 (causing the disappearance of evidence) of the Penal Code.
“We are looking into all procedural matters... whether there are negligence or criminal elements involved.

“If the matter is criminal, they or the person involved will be charged. If it is negligence, we will take disciplinary action,” he told reporters when met on the sidelines of the Selangor police contingent Deepavali celebration here.
Cash belonging to two of the three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers charged with robbing money changers at KLIA in September was found missing on November 8.
According to Tun Hisan (picture), the cash, amounting to RM11,700, and a wallet were discovered missing from the office of an investigating officer at about 2pm that day.
He confirmed that the officer’s room had been broken into due to signs of tampering found on the door lock and that of the drawer where the items were kept. The cash is not part of the US$300,000 (RM930,000) that was seized in relation to the robbery.
Tun Hisan said the police would also investigate the officer’s reason for keeping the cash in his drawer instead of in the evidence store.
“By normal practice it should be kept in a proper (place). According to procedure... (but) it depends on the exhibit,” he said, adding that the IO has not been suspended from duties yet.
“We will look into it, look into why (the cash was kept in the drawer).
“But we are very serious about these cases because it could tarnish the image of the police force,” he added.
The three MACC officers claimed trial last month for robbing, and abetting a civilian in robbing, three money changers of RM930,000 at KL International Airport (KLIA) in September.
The three officers, aged between 20 and 35, hold the ranks of acting assistant commissioner, senior assistant superintendent and assistant superintendent.
The civilian, who had impersonated an MACC officer during the robbery, is still at large.
They allegedly robbed the money changers inside the satellite building at the KLIA on September 15


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