PETALING JAYA: The police are investigating allegations that a teenager and a mentally challenged man were tortured by the police to confess to a crime they did not commit.
South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Shamsul Amar Ramli said he would get to the bottom of the matter as soon as possible.
"We will definitely investigate the allegations thoroughly. Stern action will be taken if there is any wrongdoing on the part of police personnel or officers," he said when contacted Saturday (May 25)
The duo mentioned in the allegations are still remanded under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca), ACP Shamsul Amar said.
On Friday (May 24), Suaram project coordinator Mohammad Alshatri alleged that 18-year-old Ahmad Haikal Anuar and 24-year-old Muhammad Pardi were allegedly tortured and detained in chains by police officers from the South Klang district police headquarters.
According to Suaram, Ahmad Haikal and Muhammad were allegedly beaten to obtain a confession on several motorcycle theft cases.
Mohammad said the men were detained under Section 3(1) of the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) and were also initially held without the knowledge of their families.
"Poca is a law reserved for hardcore criminals. What is the justification of the police to place them under Poca," said Mohammad during a press conference Friday.
According to Suaram, Muhammad took Ahmad Haikal out to an Internet cafe after he finished work at a restaurant at 1am on April 6.
However, a friend called Muhammad and had asked him to meet up at another place where they were subsequently beaten after being accused of stealing motorcycles.
Suaram said Muhammad and Ahmad Haikal were then handed over to the police.
Mahani Mat Kassim said her son, Ahmad Haikal, told her that he was repeatedly beaten with a pipe and was forced to admit to a crime he did not commit.
"Dealing with the police was also bad. When I asked for updates on my son's case, they did not care and treated us like a criminal's family," she said.
Mahani also urged the authorities to release her son if he was not guilty of any crime.
Meanwhile, Muhammad's mother Chik Abdullah said her son's arm was beaten until his shoulder was dislocated.
She also alleged that her son was hung so the police could hit the soles of his feet and his head with a pipe.