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Don’t politicise Prabakar issue, says CID director

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Jan 2009: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or individuals should not politicise the issue of police personnel allegedly abusing and pouring hot water on carpark attendant B Prabakar.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Director Datuk Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin made this appeal after 35 people from certain NGOs and political parties came to the Brickfields police headquarters with Prabakar to lodge another report this morning.

He said the man complained that police had not taken action on his earlier report and did not inform him of the development of the case.

“Today, Prabakar submitted 10 names said to be involved in the incident and we will call them to give statement.

“Yesterday alone the police had called him to make six identification sessions involving hundreds of police personnel,” he said at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters.

He said that so far, the police had recorded 22 witness statements regarding the case including from two doctors, one from a government hospital while the other a private hospital.

Bakri said the allegation by some NGOs that police had their own agenda was not true because the police had to fair in their investigation and they must be given space to conduct the probe. 

“If Prabakar has new issues, he can see the investigating officer but he does not need to bring along NGOs and politicians,” he said.

Prabakar was picked up by police at his work place in Sri Hartamas about 9.30pm on 23 Dec to assist in the investigation into a robbery and taken to the Brickfields police headquarters for questioning.

While in custody, he was allegedly beaten up and splashed with hot water by 10 police personnel including a sergeant.

Two days after his release on 28 Dec, he lodged a police report, claiming among others that he was offered RM500 to keep his mouth shut but he did not take the money. — Bernama


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