Cops face action over alleged rape of teen detainee in Miri

PETALING JAYA: Eleven policemen are likely to be fired or demoted over the rape of a 16-year-old detainee allegedly by another detainee in a police lock-up in Miri.

Bukit Aman Department of Integrity and Compliance Standards (JIPS) director Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya said the department has investigated the case and misconduct of personnel in the incident.

"Apart from the criminal action taken on two police personnel, action (demotion or sacking) will be taken against 11 other senior and junior officers who were found to have failed, and were careless in carrying out their duties," he said in a statement Monday (Feb 15).

On Feb 9, two policemen pleaded not guilty when they were charged under the Child Act 2001 in connection with the rape of the minor at a police lock-up in Miri on Jan 9.

Another man also claimed trial after he was charged for raping the girl at the same place.

On Feb 8, Sarawak police commissioner Comm Datuk Aidi Ismail said the two police personnel on duty during the incident have been suspended pending an investigation into the matter.

He also said the CCTV system at the lockup could only display footage in real-time but could not record anything, adding that the crime had happened in the toilet where there was no CCTV.

It was also reported that the girl, who was suspected of being involved in an illegal gambling activity at a seafood restaurant where she worked, had been placed in a cell separated from 12 male detainees but she alleged that the men's cell was unlocked.

She also claimed that a detainee managed to get the key to the women's lock-up between 4am and 5am and brought her to the toilet where the crime allegedly took place.

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