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Sunday November 27, 2005
BY LOURDES CHARLES
KUALA LUMPUR: Who shot the scenes? This is the crux of police investigations into the controversial video clip showing a naked Chinese woman doing ear squats while in police custody.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Musa Hassan said whoever took the video clip - whether from the force or a civilian – would be charged under the Penal Code with insulting the modesty of a person or intruding into the privacy of a woman.
The offender can be fined or jailed up to five years or both.
The 70-second video had made the rounds via the multimedia messaging service (MMS) over the past week.
The clip, depicting the nude woman doing ear squats in front of a policewoman at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters, caused national outrage and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has called for an immediate probe into the incident, with no cover-ups.
“It is the perpetrator behind the video clip whom we are after and not the policewoman, who was carrying out a routine check,” said Musa.
“We will not be lenient, especially if it involves police personnel,” he added, declining to comment on the woman who was forced to do ear squats.
Musa also said a special team under his supervision had interviewed a number of people regarding the incident.
In Kepala Batas, DERRICK VINESH reported that North Seberang Perai OCPD Asst Comm Mazlan Lazim as saying that the police should continue strip-searching suspects.
ACP Mazlan said it was an effective way to ensure that no foreign object is brought into the police lock-up, adding that in the past, some suspects had tried to hide cigarettes, pills, matchsticks and razor blades in their private parts.
“The video clip should not stop police officers from carrying out their duties,” he said at a police DeepaRaya open house at the Taman Bakti children’s home here yesterday.
He added, however, that the strip search must be done in an “appropriately and holistic” manner.
On the ear squats, ACP Mazlan said, in some cases, simple exercise steps and corporal punishment were carried out to ensure the suspects stretched out their arms and legs to ascertain there were no hidden items.
He said women officers usually strip-searched female suspects while the men did the same to male suspects.
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