KLANG – A police Inspector previously arrested for alleged rape was charged at the Sessions Court in Klang for trafficking two Mongolian women.
He was charged under Section 13 (f) of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (Act 670) for trafficking in persons not being a child, for the purpose of exploitation, by the abuse of power for the two women aged 20 and 36. The charges were read to Hazrul Hizham Ghazali, 30, before Judge Tasnim Abu Bakar.
Upon conviction, he may be punished with imprisonment for a term not less than three years but not exceeding twenty years, and shall also be liable to fine.
He was accused of committing the offence between 10 April 2020 from 10.30pm until 1 April at about 8.30pm at room 203 and 302 of the PJ Luxe Boutique Hotel in Petaling Jaya.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty on both charges and claimed trial.
The judge set bail at RM10,000 for each charge and ordered the accused to report himself at the nearest police station monthly until the case is resolved. He is also ordered to turn in his passport to the court. The judge set 17 June for the submission of case documents.
The accused was arrested on 11 April by a team of police from the Petaling Jaya District and was held in remand for five days to assist in the investigation.
The two Mongolian women were rescued by the police in a raid on the hotel after the two victims claimed that they were raped by the inspector.
Both victims were held by the police in a roadblock during the Movement Control Order (MCO) after finding that they do not have valid travel documents.
Both of them are placed at a shelter under the supervision of Bukit Aman D11 while the police are making application for an interim protection order (IPO) to investigate the case under Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (Act 670).
The Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department Director Commissioner Datuk Huzir Mohamed said, the police had opened two investigation papers involving the two Mongolian women. One of the papers is for rape while the other on anti-human trafficking after the police suspected the existence of human trafficking case for both women. -MalaysiaGazette