Zero tolerance on police negligence

ACP Hakemal Hawari

MIRI:  Following a claim by a female detainee that she was raped while under police custody at Miri police station lock-up early this month, district police chief ACP Hakemal Hawari assured that the force will have zero-tolerance on any negligence that might have contributed to the incident.

Hakemal disclosed that two policemen on-duty manning the lock-up on the day of the purported incident have been suspended. The Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) IPD Miri has launched an investigation into the complaint.

“The two policemen are being suspended until the investigation is completed,” he said.

Hakemal added that a male suspect, aged 19, has been detained and charged with rape under Section 376 (1) of the Penal Code.

“The suspect has confessed to the rape incident,” he said.

The female detainee, aged 16, was arrested by Miri police on January 8 for alleged involvement in online gambling activity.

Meanwhile, Hakemal urged members of the public not to make any speculations on the incident that could hamper police investigations.

“Please give us (the police) sometime and space to carry out a thorough investigation on the matter,” he said.

Last Saturday, the victim’s father, accompanied by Senator Alan Ling, lodged a report on the incident at Miri Central police station (CPS).