KUALA LUMPUR: Police have refuted claims of not taking action against a group of people who allegedly beat up and raped a Nigerian woman here.
The incident came to light after a blog post about the case began making its rounds on social media.
The post alleged that the woman was arrested by police while no action was taken on the culprits responsible.
City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim (pic) said police initially received a report on the incident from the 30-year-old wig seller who claimed she had been beaten up by a group of men.
"Our investigations revealed that the complainant had gone to the house of her boyfriend in Cheras around 10am on June 4.
"She had only recently met her boyfriend and claimed when she was at the house, she was harmed by the man and his friends," he said in a statement on Wednesday (June 24).
He said police arrested three men and a Thai woman, aged between 28 and 44, suspected to be involved in the incident.
"The three men were investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for causing hurt and were remanded until June 9.
"The three were released on bail after an application to extend their remand was declined," he said adding that the Thai woman was investigated under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for not having valid documents and was remanded for 14 days.
Comm Mazlan said the complainant was referred to Hospital Kuala Lumpur where she was warded for three days.
"On June 9 at 7.50pm after giving her statement on the beating, the woman lodged a police report that she was raped on that same day.
"Initially she did not want to make an issue of the rape case and was reluctant to have a medical evaluation at the hospital," he said adding the woman lodged the second report after she was advised to do so by police.
He said on June 20, police re-arrested a 44-year-old man after he came to the city police headquarters around 1.30pm.
"The suspect is currently under remand until June 26 to help with further investigations.
"Police are also tracing the whereabouts of three suspects still at large," he said adding that the case was being investigated as rape under Section 376 of the Penal Code.
He said the complainant was also remanded for 14 days from June 10 to June 23 for not having valid travel documents.
"She will be placed in the Kajang prison until the rape case investigations are completed.
"The public is advised to not spread any baseless speculations and to verify any information they receive," he said urging those with information on the case to contact the police hotline at 03-2115 9999.