PETALING JAYA: An investigation into a police officer who allegedly raped two Mongolian women detained during the movement control order ended with him facing eight counts of rape.
Insp Hazrul Hizham Ghazali, 30, was also accused of using criminal force on one of the victims with the intent to outrage her modesty.
For the first until sixth charges, Insp Hazrul was accused of raping a 20-year-old victim at a hotel room at PJ Luxe Boutique hotel here on April 11.
For the seventh and eighth charges, he was accused of raping a 36-year-old victim at a different room in the same hotel on the same day.
The charges under Section 376(2)(f) of the Penal Code stated that the accused had allegedly raped the victims by using his position as a senior police officer to compel the victims.
He faces a maximum 20 years’ imprisonment and whipping, if convicted.
As for the ninth charge, Insp Hazrul was accused of using criminal force on the 20-year-old victim with intent to outrage her modesty.
He allegedly committed the offence inside the tent for frontliners manning a roadblock at the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) toll between 5.30pm and 6.15pm on April 10.
The charge under Section 354 of the Penal Code carries a maximum imprisonment of 10 years, or with a fine, or with whipping, or any two of the punishments, if convicted.
Insp Hazrul was seen interjecting a few times while the court translator was reading the charges.
He asked about the hotel room numbers stated in the charge sheet and claimed trial.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Asnawi Abu Hanipah did not offer bail on grounds that the accused was facing eight counts of rape which involves abuse of position.
“There is a possibility of the witnesses being harassed, ” he said here yesterday.
Lawyer Shah Rizal Abdul Manan, who represented the accused, said the witnesses had been placed in a protection home and it would be impossible for the accused to go near them.
Shah Rizal also said his client came to court on his own accord.
“He came to court today after receiving a call asking him to do so. No excuses were given and this shows his sincerity, ” Shah Rizal said.
Insp Hazrul was charged in the Klang Sessions Court on Wednesday with human trafficking, involving the same victims, and was granted RM20,000 bail.
“My client paid bail by asking his friends and family for money. He will not abscond. I ask this court to grant bail at the lowest amount, ” he added.
Sessions Court judge Norshila Kamaruddin then fixed bail at RM27,000 in one surety for all charges.
The cases are fixed for mention on June 2.
However, Shah Rizal confirmed in the evening that his client had failed to post bail.
Meanwhile, Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the arrest and subsequent prosecution of Insp Hazrul proved the police would never compromise or defend any wrongdoing by its personnel and officers.
“Stern action taken shows the police have always upheld the law without fear or favour.
“However, there are certain groups in society that questioned the police’s credibility in handling the case involving one of their own, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
Comm Huzir reminded those who were sceptical, prejudiced and who did not respect the professionalism of the police to refrain from issuing premature statements regarding the case.
“The police will not hesitate to take appropriate action on those who try to paint a negative picture and cause public distress on cases investigated by the police.
“Be a society that is responsible towards building the country that is peaceful and prosperous, ” Comm Huzir said.
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