Probe into allegation of police torture under way


PETALING JAYA: Investigations into allegations that a teenager and a mentally challenged man were tortured by police into admitting a crime they did not commit are under way.

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 allegation thoroughly.

“Stern action will be taken if there is any wrongdoing on the part of police personnel or officers,” he said when contacted.

ACP Shamsul Amar said the duo in the allegations were being remanded under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca).

On Friday, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) project coordinator Mohammad Alshatri alleged that Ahmad Haikal Anuar, 18, and Muhammad Pardi, 24, were tortured by police officers from the South Klang district police headquarters.

He claimed that Ahmad Haikal and Muhammad were beaten to obtain a confession on several motorcycle theft cases.

Mohammad said the men were detained under Section 3(1) of Poca and were 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,” Mohammad asked in a press conference.

He claimed that the two were earlier beaten up by their friend who accused them of stealing motorcycles before being handed over to the police on April 6.

Ahmad Haikal’s mother Mahani Mat Kassim said her son told her that he was repeatedly beaten with a rubber pipe and 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 urged the authorities to release her son if he was not guilty of any crime.

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 that the police could hit the soles of his feet and his head with a pipe.


   

Across The Star Online