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Seven cops plead not guilty to hurting youths

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 Jan 2009: Seven cops pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to two counts of causing hurt to two youths in separate incidents at the Brickfields police station last year.

They are Sergeant Mohd Shafiee Abdul Halim, Sergeant Mohd Diah Sulaiman, Sergeant Zulkiplly Taib, Corporal Abdullah Musa, Corporal Zamrin Zaid, Lance Corporal Matila @ Saudi Ismail and Lance Corporal Nizam Abd Wahab, all from the crime investigation department at the Brickfields district police headquarters.

They are charged with voluntarily causing hurt to B Prabakar, 28, at a detective’s office at the police station with an intention to make him confess to an offence for criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code.

The offence was alleged to have been committed between 10.15pm on 23 Dec and 3.30am on 24 Dec last year.

On the second charge, they are alleged to have committed a similar offence at the same place and time on C Solomon Raj, 18.

The cops, who are between 35 and 45 years old, are charged under Section 330 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt to extort confession,  to be read together with Section 34 of the same code.

If they are found guilty, the police personnel could be imprisoned up to seven years and fined.

Judge Zainal Abdil Kamarudin allowed bail of RM5,000 each and set 17 Feb to mention the case.

He also told them not to leave the city without the court’s permission and  not to disturb the complainants and witnesses in the case.

The police personnel, represented by counsel Muhammad Naguib Abdul Malik, posted bail.

Deputy public prosecutor Yaacub Chik prosecuted. — Bernama


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