SIBU: A lawyer’s group wants the police to explain what it claims was the recent detention of one of its members while discharging his duties.
Sarawak Advocates Association (SAA) Sibu president Orlando Chua said one of its members, Ting Yong Ginn, was arrested, detained and unfairly treated by the police.
“According to the police report lodged by Ting, the incident took place on July 17 in a coffeeshop while he was assisting his client in a dispute with an employee on a bona fide basis.“Despite repeatedly saying that he was a lawyer assisting his client, who was then helping the police with the investigation, he was forced and coerced to surrender all his personal belongings to the police and later escorted to the Sibu Central police station,” said Chua, whose text was read out by vice-
president Wee Wui Kiat here yesterday.
Chua also claimed that Ting, 53, was offered no professional courtesy and treated as a common criminal.
“At the station, Ting was made to understand that he would be detained although no grounds for arrest was made known despite him repeatedly asking for one.
“He was then held in the police lock-up and made to sleep on the cold concrete floor,” he said, adding that Ting was released on police bail on July 18.
Ting alleged that he was handcuffed, made to put on lock-up attire and even had his urine taken for a drug test.
“I was locked up in a room and could not sleep on the dirty and smelly concrete floor. I was only released the next morning after giving my statement,” he added.
Sibu OCPD asst comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the case had been referred to the state Criminal Investigation Department in Kuching.“An internal investigation is underway. The lawyer’s case has also been referred to the deputy public prosecutor as a Filipina (an employee of his client) also lodged a police report against him,” he added.