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Missing DPP who probed graft case found dead

TAKEN: Video footage showed DPP Morais was grabbed from his car after it was hit by another vehicle.


    Sep 17, 2015

    Missing DPP who probed graft case found dead


    MALAYSIAN police yesterday confirmed that missing deputy public prosecutor Kevin Anthony Morais was murdered after verifying a body found in a concrete-filled drum in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur to be him, local media reported.

    Police also confirmed that five suspects, including a military doctor, were arrested on Tuesday in connection to the case, reported the news website Malaysian Insider.

    Earlier, at the swamp in Subang Jaya where DPP Morais' body was dumped, Federal CID director Commissioner (CP) Mohmad Salleh told reporters the police were led there by the doctor.

    "The body, which was stuffed in a gunny sack, has been sent for a post-mortem," said CP Mohmad after the drum was retrieved by divers.

    "We believe it has to do with a case in the Shah Alam court that Morais was involved in. The suspect was involved in a corruption case that Morais was prosecuting," he added.

    Initial investigations showed the main suspect hired the other four to carry out the abduction, according to CP Mohmad.

    Following the arrest of the 52-year-old doctor at his house in Subang Jaya on Tuesday, police launched a series of raids in which a businessman, two mechanics and a fifth suspect were detained in the Klang Valley and Penang, The Sun daily reported.

    DPP Morais, who was recently back with the Attorney-General's Chambers after years of being seconded to Malaysia's anti-corruption force, was reported missing on Sept 4 after he left his home in KL for work in his car.

    Footage from a closed-circuit television camera showed he was taken from his car by at least four men on a road just outside KL after their vehicle rammed into his, The Star daily reported.

    The doctor, who holds the rank of colonel and was attached to the pathology lab of a military hospital in KL, was charged on two counts of corruption involving a sum of RM700,000 (S$230,000) in Sept 2013.

    He was accused of accepting kickbacks from a private company, in exchange for recommending it as the supplier of medicines and medical appliances to the hospital.

    Mr Morais, 55, was the DPP in the case.

    The government and police earlier dismissed speculation that he was involved in the investigation of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

    Foreign media reports have alleged that massive funds were channelled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal accounts via companies linked to the state investment agency.