M'sian in Germany under investigation for slanderous statement against Johor top cop

JOHOR BARU: The police have opened up an investigation on a man for allegedly making a slanderous statement against Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

Comm Ayob said that the suspect left the country since Nov 2,2017 and is believed to be residing in Germany currently.

The suspect had allegedly uploaded a video through Facebook on Sunday (Nov 29) claiming that Comm Ayob is persecuting K. Haridas - a suspect that has been arrested earlier for allegedly making a slanderous statement on Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador and Comm Ayob.

“This has become a trend for people going outside of the country and making accusations and slanderous statements, ” said Comm Ayob.

“Background checks on the suspect revealed that he had seven prior offences in his criminal record involving cases under Section 397/397A of the penal code for armed robbery, Section 160 of the Penal Code for assault and Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation, ” he said.

He said this during a press conference at the Johor Police Headquarters here on Monday (Nov 30).

Comm Ayob also denied the statement made by the suspect claiming that 255 prisoners have died in prison from 2000 to 2014 due to police brutality.

“In Johor, we have recorded 23 deaths involving inmates that have died due to sickness from the year 2000 to 2014, the inmates are all drug addicts that have died from their sickness and are classified under Sudden Death reports (SDR) and not because of police brutality.

“As for Haridas, he was arrested for a wanted case under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation. He was later charged at court on Nov 24 and was offered RM10,000 bail which he could not pay.

“Haridas has made a report claiming that he was beaten during remand at the Ulu Choh remand centre and not inside the police jail, ” he said adding that the suspect should check his facts before making any slanderous statement.

He added the case is being investigated under Section 500/504 of the Penal Code for defamation and intentional insult and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for sharing offensive and menacing content.

In the six-minute and 55-second video, the suspect labelled Comm Ayob as a racist using a caricature and questioned his actions for arresting men with alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) back in 2019 during his time as the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) head.

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