11 cops likely to be fired or demoted over Miri lock-up rape


PETALING JAYA: Eleven policemen are likely to be fired or demoted in connection with a case where a 16-year-old detainee was raped in a police lock-up in Miri.

Bukit Aman Department of Integrity and Compliance Standards director Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya said the department had investigated the carelessness and misconduct of the personnel involved.

“Apart from the criminal action taken on two police personnel, action (demoted or fired) 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.

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 the lock-up on Jan 9.

Another man also claimed trial after he was charged with raping the girl in the lock-up’s toilet.

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

He said the CCTV system at the lock-up could display footage in real time but could not record anything, adding that the toilet had no CCTV.

It was reported that the girl, who was suspected of involvement in illegal gambling at a seafood eatery where she worked, had been placed in a cell separated from 12 male detainees, but she alleged that one of them entered her cell.

She claimed the detainee got the key to the women’s lock-up between 4am and 5am and brought her to the toilet, where the crime allegedly occurred.

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