Police, MCMC seize computer from The Star, record statement, says lawyer

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Source: The Malaysian Insider

A report on the alleged transfer of a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor sees The Star and Malaysiakini offices raided with police seizing computers today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 9, 2015.

Police spent more than two hours at English daily, The Star’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya today to record a statement from journalist Nicholas Cheng over a report on the alleged transfer of a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor.

The team arrived at Menara The Star in Phileo Damansara 2 at 1pm and left about 3.30pm to proceed to Malaysiakini’s office over the same matter.

Lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad said four policemen and two personnel from the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) confiscated a computer to assist the case classified under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation.

Amer said this was the authorities’ third visit to The Star’s office. The first was on Friday, followed by another visit the next day.

“They wanted to interview the journalist but he was not in the office then. The Star has no problem in cooperating with the authorities,” he said.

The officers from Putrajaya are also investigating a report in Malaysiakini over DPP Ahmad Shazalee Abdul Khairi’s alleged transfer out of the MACC special operations division.

Last Friday, the news portal’s office was raided by the police and MCMC enforcement officers over the same matter.

On November 4, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri had clarified in Parliament that Shazalee was transferred internally but remained under the MACC. – November 9, 2015.