Police to act against bloggers

ALOR SETAR: The police intend to take action against some bloggers who had posted on their sites that a suspect nabbed over a motorcycle theft in Kulim suffered injuries while in a police lockup.

“This is a lie!” Kedah deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab told a press conference here yesterday.

“The articles were posted with the intention of tarnishing the good name of the police,” he said.

SAC Abdul Ghafar added that the suspect, 25, was not even placed in a lockup after a group of people caught him when he allegedly tried to steal a motorcycle belonging to a night trader at Taman Selasih in Kulim at around 9.40pm on March 29.

“He was brought to the police station with injuries and we sent him to the Kulim Hospital for treatment.

“A doctor there found he had serious internal injuries and the suspect was transferred to the Penang Hospital,” SAC Abdul Ghafar said.

He added that the man was admitted to the hospital at 11.30pm, less than two hours after his arrest at the night market that day.

He said several blogs posted articles that claimed the suspect was injured by the police while being detained in a lockup.

“We are now tracing the blogs and will take the necessary action against them under the Communication and Multimedia Act,” he said.

SAC Abdul Ghafar said the police were investigating the case as voluntarily causing hurt under Section 324 of the Penal Code and causing grievous hurt under Section 325 of the code.

He said based on a police report made at the Kulim police station, a 23-year-old night trader had caught the suspect trying to unlock his motorcycle.

“By the time the police arrived at the scene, about 30 people had surrounded the suspect,” he said, adding that the trader and other witnesses would be called up for questioning over the incident.

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