Moments after pleading not guilty and posting a collective bail of RM17,000 to four counts of hurting and injuring three Rela personnel at, Datuk Seri Liow Soon Hee was re-arrested by police outside the court grounds.
- Facing total jail term of up to 11 years for assault
- Released on bail, back in lock-up after re-arrested on drug offence
- MACC probing alleged bribe offer to Rela men
- Police investigating 10 past cases
- More calls for his title to be revoked
- Chairman of Winner Dynasty Group, became a millionaire when he was 24
- Allegedly involved in illegal money game businesses
- Besides ‘Dato Sri’, also uses ‘Dr’ on business cards
- Won awards for entrepreneurial achievements
- Rumoured to have a gun licence
Dang Wangi OCPD ACP Shaharuddin Abdullah confirmed there was a warrant of arrest for the Datuk Seri, who is also known as Nicky, in relation to a drug case in 2014.
He added that police will obtain a remand order for him on Saturday over the case that is being investigated under Section 15(1) of the of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 concerning self-administration of drugs.
Yesterday, Liow pleaded not guilty to all four charges that were read out to him. He was then picked up by police on his way out of the Ampang sessions court grounds.
On the first charge, he was accused of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Ranbo Lee Weng Poh, 27, at the compound of the Kou Ong Yah Temple, Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang at 6.30am on Oct 27. For this, he was charged under Section 325 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to seven years and a fine, if convicted.
As for the second, he was charged with intentionally assaulting a public servant, Melvin Cheong Mun Khai, 19, who was discharging his duties as a Rela member at the same place, date and time. The charge under Section 353 of the same code carries a punishment of two years’ jail or fine or both, if convicted.
For the third and fourth charges, Liow was alleged to have voluntarily caused hurt to Jackie Leong Jun Jie, 21, and Cheong at the same place, time and date, under Section 323 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of one year, or a fine of up to RM2,000, or both, upon conviction.
The accused appeared calm when the charges were read.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nadiah Malek Fauzie offered RM10,000 bail for the first charge, RM5,000 for the second charge and RM5,000 each for the third and fourth charges in one surety.
She also requested additional conditions that the accused surrender his passport, report to the police and refrain from harassing the victims or prosecution witnesses relating to the case.
Lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent, who represented the accused, appealed for lower bail.
“The bail is only to guarantee the presence of the accused in the court. We appeal for a reasonable bail,” said the lawyer.
He also argued that bailable offences should not have additional conditions such as surrendering passports.
Judge Azrul allowed Liow bail at RM7,000 for the first charge, RM4,000 for the second charge, and RM3,000 each for the third and fourth charges in one surety.
The court also set the additional condition to prohibit Liow from disturbing the victims and witnesses and set Dec 14 for mention.
In the incident, the three Rela members each suffered head, eye and abdominal injuries after being allegedly roughed up by the suspect while they were carrying out their traffic monitoring duties at a temple event.
The victims claimed that the incident occurred when they asked Liow to move his Toyota Vellfire MPV parked on the main road as it was obstructing traffic. The suspect was reportedly angered by the alleged lack of respect shown to him by the Rela personnel.
It is learnt that the businessman, who has a drug offence record, has also been identified as a person of interest in several other cases involving criminal syndicate activities.
The suspect was arrested on Oct 30 after he presented himself at the Ampang Jaya police headquarters.
He is also being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission following a claim by Rela platoon leader Ho Hoong Keong that his three injured subordinates had lodged a police report over a RM10,000 “compensation” reportedly offered to them to withdraw the assault report.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim also confirmed that the suspect had tested positive for drugs when he was arrested on Monday.
Noor Rashid said police will also investigate why Liow was not prosecuted despite his having 10 previous criminal offences, some dating back to 2009. He added that he had instructed the police to gather all information regarding the 10 cases.
“Bukit Aman will look into the cases again as part of our investigations into the current assault report,” he said.
He said there could be many reasons that Liow was not charged for any of the cases, including lack of evidence and information or the warrant of arrest could not be served, the New Straits Times reported.
He added that the police are also identifying where the 10 cases were allegedly committed.
“The investigation will be carried out by Bukit Aman police but we have yet to identify where the 10 cases were filed,” he was quoted as saying.
It was earlier reported that Liow had in the past been investigated for alleged involvement in serious crimes, including causing injury and robbery.
Noor Rashid promised that if there are grounds to probe further and if there are offences worth exploring, the police would do it.
It was also earlier reported that Liow is allegedly involved in a big way in illegal money game businesses.
He has since been identified as chairman of Winner Dynasty Group, a company that is supposedly established in the UK.
He uses two honorifics on his business cards – ‘Dato Sri’, believed to have been obtained from Pahang, and ‘Dr’.
He apparently became a millionaire when he was just 24 years old and has been active in philanthropic activities.
He has won accolades for his entrepreneurial achievements, including The BrandLaureate SME Brand Personality Award, Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Award in the Emerging Entrepreneur category, Asia Honesty Award, The BrandLaureate SME Brand Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Social media was abuzz with rumours that he has a gun licence, which Noor Rashid had earlier said would also be looked into.