A ‘Datuk Seri’ had been investigated for alleged criminal activities dating back to 2009.

KUALA LUMPUR: Investigators probing a high-profile assault case have discovered that the suspect involved had a chequered past.

Sources close to investigations on the personality revealed that the authorities may use the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA), and also the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA), against the suspect.

Checks have revealed that the man had been investigated for alleged criminal activities dating back to 2009.

The man uses honorific titles, including a “Datuk Seri”, which he claimed to have received between 2012 and 2015.

Sources told the New Straits Times that the man had in the past been investigated for alleged involvement in serious crimes, including causing injury and robbery, as well as drug abuse.

“Checks on the man’s background revealed that he had allegedly been the subject of investigations in at least 10 cases. The first was in 2009, allegedly for drug abuse. He was also arrested in 2013, under Section 324 of the Penal Code (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), and at another time for alleged robbery,” said the source.

Another source, who was also aware of the cases linked to the man, told the NST that investigations against the suspect were completed but the suspect was never prosecuted for the alleged offences.

Sources said police had also expanded investigations into possible money-laundering links and may use the POCA and AMLA against him.

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