KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) strictly will not tolerate any form of custodial assault on its detainees and each allegation will be scrutinised and investigated thoroughly before actions are taken against the perpetrators.
The Chief Commissioner of MACC, Latheefa Koya commented regarding the allegations made by three policemen who said that they were assaulted by an officer from MACC when they were being investigated by the MACC for alleged extortion from suspected drug abusers.
According to Latheefa, the MACC places strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in arresting and detaining suspects.
“In this case, the policemen who lodged the report were being investigated by the MACC for alleged extortion from suspected drug abusers.
“The investigation is part of the increased operations by Selangor MACC into alleged extortion activities involving police personnel.
“There is zero tolerance on custodial abuse of any kind. We will look into all allegations on custodial abuse in a serious manner and give our full cooperation to the investigators,” she said.
Meanwhile, Latheefa also revealed that the MACC officer has lodged a counter police report and explained that the alleged assault during detention was false.
“The MACC will give its full cooperation to the police investigation on the report,” she said.
Meanwhile, MalaysiaGazette is trying to get the comment from the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador on the issue.
The policemen trio claimed that they sustained injuries after being beaten by the MACC officer when they gave their statements at the Selangor MACC office in Shah Alam recently.
The trio aged 24, 25, 26 were from the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department in Sungai Buloh District Police Headquarters.
They alleged that they were punched, slapped and kicked during the statement recording process by the MACC officer in a room on 24 and 26 December.
A police report was then made by the trio on 27 December.
The Selangor Police Chief, Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin verified the report. -MalaysiaGazette