Four arrested after raising ruckus at Judiciary Dept over tainted chili charge


SIBU: A man claiming to represent a supermarket has been arrested for allegedly using criminal force to deter a deputy public prosecutor (DPP) from discharging his duties after the company was charged with selling pesticide-tainted vegetables.

Three other people from the company were also arrested.

Sibu OCPD, Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, said the 47-year-old suspect was a supplier of clothes to the supermarket.

He said at about 3pm on July 8, the suspect, acting as a representative of the supermarket in Sungai Merah, brought along two other people to the Sibu Division Health Department.

Their visit there was in relation to the company being investigated under Section 41(3)(c) of the Food Regulation 1985, for selling chilli that contained poison.

They were brought by the investigating officer of the case and another member of staff to the Judiciary Department located in the same building.

"The suspect suddenly went amok and walked straight into the Judiciary Department and shouted "Ini, ini, ini, siapa? (who signed this, this, this charge sheet) and asked why the company was being charged for such a small offence," ACP Jonathan said.

The 30-year-old DPP said he was the one who signed on the charge sheet. He then tried to calm the man down but to no avail.

"We have arrested four suspects.

"Three of them, who were at the scene, will be investigated under Section 353 of the Penal Code for using criminal force on the complainant and for tearing up the charge sheet.

The fourth person, who was not at the scene but is the owner of the company, was also held for the alleged offence under Food Regulation 1985," said ACP Stanley.

Three of the four have been remanded. One was released on police bail after her statement was taken as she was in the fourth month of pregnancy.