Special task force on missing prosecutor finds oil drum in USJ containing body

Police have set up a temporary camp where they found a body in an oil barrel, September 16, 2015. ― Picture by Joseph Sipalan
Police have set up a temporary camp where they found a body in an oil barrel, September 16, 2015. ― Picture by Joseph Sipalan

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 ― Investigators have confirmed the discovery of a body in the oil drum that was found in the USJ1 suburb earlier this morning, Berita Harian reported.

According to The Star Online this morning, the special police task force searching for government lawyer Anthony Kevin Morais hopes to find a major lead into his disappearance with the discovery of the body.

Police were in the area since 6am but have yet to issue any statement.

Berita Harian reported that the Fire and Rescue Department personnel have since managed to break open the oil drum that was filled with cement.

It also said the body found in the oil drum will be sent to the Hospital Kuala Lumpur for forensic tests.

No official statement on the identity of the body has been reported to be made yet.

Morais was last seen on September 4 leaving his condominium at Segambut for his office at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Putrajaya and the government lawyer’s elder brother filed a missing person’s report the next day.

The police are still probing a burnt car that was found on September 6 at an oil palm plantation in Hutan Melintang for links to Morais case.

The burnt car was said to resemble the make of the government-issued grey Proton Perdana car which Morais was last seen in when leaving his condominium on the morning of September 4.

Last Wednesday, police confirmed that the mysterious disappearance of Morais had been reclassified as an abduction case, saying that the abduction probe under Section 365 of the Penal Code was based on a new lead from close-circuit (CCTV) recordings of major roads from Kuala Lumpur to Perak’s Hutan Melintang area.

Morais, 55, was seconded to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission nearly 10 years ago to aid its prosecution division, but returned to the Attorney-General’s Chambers in July as deputy head of its appellate and trial division.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has previously denied Morais was involved in any government probe on controversial state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

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