KUALA LUMPUR – A police Inspector from the Petaling Jaya District Police Headquarters pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court on nine counts charges on rape and molest of two Mongolian women.
The accused, Hazrul Hizham Ghazali, 30, who is currently suspended from his job since last Wednesday pleaded not guilty to the charges and claimed trial.
He arrived at the Petaling Jaya Courts Complex with his defence counsels Shah Rizal Abdul Manan and Nik Muammer Hurrie Mohamad Sukri at 8.50 am.
He was charged on eight counts of rape of involving the two women. Six counts were rape charges on the 20 year-old victim and two counts of charges on the 36-year-old victim.
He was said to have used his authority as a senior officer to force the women’s consent.
He was charged for committing the offence on 11 April between 1.30am until 4.00 am at room 203 and 302 of the Luxe Boutique Hotel in Petaling Jaya.
On a separate charge, he was accused for molesting the 20-year-old woman on the same day.
All nine charges against him were framed under Section 376 (2)(f) of the Penal Code and Section 354 of the Penal Code (Attempt of molest).
Upon conviction, he could be imprisoned for up to 30 years as well as whipping.
The judge set bail at RM24,000 for the eight rape charges and RM3,000 for the molest charges with a surety.
She also fixed 2 June for the remention of case and submission of documents.
Yesterday, the accused 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.
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 police Inspector 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.
Earlier, the Petaling Jaya District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said on 11 April, the police through their intel and monitoring had raided a hotel and rescued the two women.
Both victims were allegedly arrested by the suspect at a roadblock in conjunction with the Movement Control Order (MCO) before they said that they were raped.
The suspect was also arrested at around 9.30pm on the same day of the raid before he was being remanded for five days to complete the investigation.
He was then released on police bail. -MalaysiaGazette