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Published: Sunday December 9, 2012 MYT 5:34:00 PM

False rape claim made to tarnish force's image, says Penang deputy police chief

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Penang police have described the claim made by an Indonesian woman that she was beaten and raped by two policemen as a false accusation meant to tarnish the image of the force.

State deputy police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said they had carried out initial investigation, including medical examination, and found that the 26-year-old woman was not raped.

"I hereby deny the accusation as it is indeed meant to defame the Royal Malaysian Police, especially my staff in Penang.

"Based on the medical report issued by Penang Hospital, there was no sign of her having been raped or beaten," he said here Sunday.

It was reported Sunday that an Indonesian woman claimed she was raped by two policemen inside a patrol car in Bukit Tengah, near here around midnight Saturday.

Abdul Rahim said further investigations on the woman also found that she had given too many contradictory statements, including about the exact location of the alleged incident.

Besides, Abdul Rahim said the woman was also unable to identify the alleged rapists.

He said the woman's statement that she was a factory worker was also proven untrue as investigations found that she was working as a guest relation officer (GRO) at an entertainment centre in Seberang Jaya.

"So far, evidence revealed that she had made up all the stories about being raped by two policemen, but we will continue carrying out the investigation in every aspect," he said, adding that police did not rule out the possibility to take action against the woman for making the false accusation.

The woman is being given further treatment at Penang Hospital. - Bernama

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