Five in police brutality case identified and questioned
|Five in police brutality case identified and questioned|
|Tuesday, 29 August 2006, 09:11|
© New Straits Times (Used by permission)
KUALA LUMPUR: All five policemen caught in the centre of the latest police brutality case have been identified.
All five, believed to be from the Putra Heights police station, have been questioned by a team of senior officers from the Federal criminal investigation department.
The men were identified from a video clip which police had seized from TV3. They were believed to have been questioned at Bukit Aman on Sunday.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police would not act hastily as they were still gathering information on the alleged incident.
“If there was any wrongdoing, then action will be taken. But it is still premature to say if the police personnel are guilty. Let us complete the investigations,” Musa said.
Federal CID deputy director II (Administration) Datuk Syed Ismail Syed Azizan confirmed that a team of senior officers have started investigations into the matter.
“We have questioned several police personnel and investigations are still going on,” Syed Ismail said without elaborating further.
It is learnt that the two robbery suspects who were shown being beaten up by two policemen were Indonesians who were arrested after a robbery. The robbery occurred at a house in Kampung Bukit Lancong in May.
The video clip, which was e-mailed to TV3, also featured three other policemen but it is not clear if they took part in beating the two suspects.
It is now established that the incident took place at the Putra Heights police station on May 22.
The four-minute clip also showed a suspect being forced to lick his saliva off the floor. The clip is believed to have been recorded on a camera phone.
On Sunday, Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom said the video was taken in May at a police station in Subang Jaya.
On the same day, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Omar ordered an investigation into the incident. It came less than a year after the nude squats controversy.
On Nov 24, several Members of Parliament were shown a video clip of a woman forced to perform nude squats in front of a female police officer.
It prompted the setting up of a Royal Commission to investigate the matter.
The woman in the nude squat is expected to file a suit against the police today at Wisma Denmark.
Meanwhile, in Putrajaya, Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom, said use of handphones in “sensitive” areas such as police lock-ups will be limited.
This was to prevent “irresponsible quarters” from videotaping incidences in such places.
“The ministry will study the appropriateness of using handphones in sensitive spots like lock-ups,” he said after the ministry’s monthly gathering here.
Johari was commenting on the alleged assault of two youths by uniformed men which was recorded through a handphone and later aired over TV3’s Bulletin Utama on Saturday.
On the worsening crime rate, Johari said more CCTVs would be installed at identified “high-risk” areas in major towns.
“We hope the public will be more careful when they are out of their house and not rely on the police for their safety.”
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