THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission can still investigate a person for corruption even if that person has been cleared by police of wrongdoing.
A public forum on police accountability in Kuala Lumpur, co-organised by the Bar Council, was told Bukit Aman’s criminal investigation department chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd could still be investigated under MACC Act 2009, which allows for Malaysians to be charged for corruption offences committed abroad.
Lawyer M. Visvanathan, founder of Eliminating Deaths and Abuse In Custody (Edict) corrected Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Mah Weng Kwai who said during the Q&A session that Malaysia had neither extra territorial jurisdiction nor an extradition treaty with Australia which meant that the alleged wrongdoer was “quite safe” from the law at home.
The MACC Act 2009 provides for extra-territorial jurisdiction to deal with corruption offences committed outside Malaysia by its citizens and permanent residents as though the offences were committed in Malaysia. Read more