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Monday, November 5, 2007

Ramli also slams agency’s treatment of informants

The Star (31/10/2007): Federal Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Ramli Yusoff criticised the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), Attorney-General and the police for the manner in which they investigated the “RM27mil cop” case.

Breaking his long silence on the controversy, he expressed concern over the way the ACA conducted its investigations against him and his officers, several of whom have been charged with falsifying witnesses’ statements.

“Within a week, several officers from the CCID were arrested and charged in court for allegedly falsifying evidence concerning the arrest and banishment of one Goh Cheng Poh @ Tunku.

“The CCID officers have been mistreated by the ACA and are yet to be protected by their own force. I hope the Internal Security Ministry will deal with the issues at hand,” he told a press conference at his office in Bukit Perdana yesterday.

Comm Ramli said the names of confidential informants were disclosed in the charge sheets by the ACA and he was concerned that the identities of police informants were being exposed.

He said given recent events, there exist a “clear and present danger” to the intelligence gathering ability of the force and its ability to protect its informants.

Recapping the events leading to the investigations, Comm Ramli said that some time last year a joint committee and special task force was established at Cabinet level and police to combat the Ah Long and illegal gambling menace.

“The Deputy Internal Security Minister gave specific directives to the CCID officers on the activities of certain crime syndicates operating in Johor involving certain Datuks and Justices of Peace (JPs).

“The CCID investigations led to the eventual arrest, detention and banishment of Goh to Jeli, Kelantan.

“The detention and banishment order was signed by the Deputy Internal Security Minister based on the intelligence gathered by the CCID,” said Comm Ramli, who named the deputy minister as Datuk Johari Baharom.

Comm Ramli said Goh, who had also been banished previously, was also allegedly involved in a shooting incident in which a friend was shot and killed.

Soon after the second banishment order, the press reported that the ACA and Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had already investigated and cleared Goh of any wrongdoing. Comm Ramli said they had not taken into account the CCID’s investigations.

“Goh then applied to the High Court to set aside the banishment order.

“In an unprecedented stance, the legal adviser of the ministry and an officer of the AG’s Chambers declined to advise us and directed that my officers and I prepare affidavits of the events for the benefit of the Deputy Internal Security Minister,” he said.

Comm Ramli said given the time constraints, he and his officers sought legal advice from a private law firm who helped draw up the draft affidavits.

He said he and his officers were then directed to submit the confidential case files containing the names of the informants to the AG’s Chambers.

“I have since been made aware that the ACA officers have tracked down these informants and taken statements from them.

“Subsequently, these informants have made further statements seeking protection from the Deputy Minister,” he said.

Johari, when contacted last night, confirmed that he had directed the CCID to investigate the crime syndicates operating in Johor.

“I did this as I received complaints from the public,” he added.

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