Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad says the commission is currently in the process of identifying the suspects to complete the investigation. File pix by MUHAMMAD SULAIMAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Several individuals, including key witnesses involved in a major investigation into a police protection racket for vice dens run by Melaka syndicates have fled the country, it has been revealed.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said the case has been hampered, as key suspects and witnesses in the case involving police’s alleged collusion with syndicates running gambling dens and massage parlours in Melaka have disappeared.

"The case involves several police officers and (members of) the public. Some have fled the country, (while) others are still hiding in the country.

"We are currently in the process of identifying the suspects to complete the investigation," Dzulkifli told reporters after launching the 'Sahabat SPRM' programme here today.

The MACC arrested Gopinathan Krishnan as part of a crackdown in Melaka last month. “Gopi” was among 13 suspects detained in an operation dubbed 'Op Gapi'.

It was reported that the main suspect in the case, a civilian in his 50s, was the main conduit for bribes to Melaka policemen in several districts.

District police chiefs and policemen were also rounded up in the operation over suspicion of having accepted bribes.

Asked if Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar will be called in to give his statement, Dzulkifli said the decision will be made after further investigation.

"We cannot act based on reports or articles on the Internet. (We) have to conduct our own probe into the matter," he added.

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