Accused arrested after spy camera discovered


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 May 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: An investigating officer told a magistrate’s court that he arrested an assistant manager after detecting a hidden camera and a wire from an air-condition frame in an apartment rented by an actress/model. 

Insp Azmi Hashim, 38, said he inspected the apartment rented by Nasha Aziz, 32, for 90 minutes last year after recording her statement over the incident and seized the camera and the wire as exhibits. 

He said the wire was connected to the apartment on the ground floor belonging to the assistant manager. 

“I knock on the door of the apartment but did not get any response. Then, I contacted the accused and his father after obtaining their mobile phone numbers from the complainant. 

“The accused told me that he was on his way to Johor Baru while his father Datuk Abdul Kayoom Mustakim informed me that he will instruct his son to meet me and (told me) not to inflate the matter,” he said. 

Insp Azmi was testifying against Ahmad Bakhtiar, 26, who is accused of trespassing into Nasha’s apartment at B2-3, Shahzan Court, Jalan Nipah, off Jalan Ampang between April and July last year. 

Ahmad Bakhtiar, who manages the apartment complex, faces a second charge of allegedly fixing a spy camera in the apartment during the same period. 

“I obtained a search warrant on July 31, last year, effective for four days and went to the apartment to check further. On Aug 1, last year, at about 11.25am, I went to the apartment with a detective and a photographer and asked Datuk Kayoom to be there. 

“I check the apartment and found a long black cable with three sockets of different colours in a living room. I recorded statement from Datuk Kayoom. I also asked Datuk Kayoom to call his son immediately. 

“About 15 to 20 minutes later, the accused arrived and I arrested him at about noon on Aug 1, last year,'' he said. 

Insp Azmi, from the Cheras district police station, said his superior ordered him to inspect Ahmad Bakhtiar’s house at Taman Hillview in Ampang. 

Upon reaching the accused’s room, Insp Azmi said he asked him if he had any item concerning video tape recording.  

At this juncture, counsel Ameenudin Mohd Ibrahim objected saying that police had detained his client then and the prosecution should not ask about the item upon his arrest. He asked for a trial-within-a-trial. 

DPP Noorin Badaruddin asked the court to fix another day to argue the matter. 

Magistrate Ida Hanani Abd Karim fixed Aug 20 for submissions over the matter.  

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