Cops rearrest Sugarbook founder over 2019 rape, prostitution case

SHAH ALAM: Police have rearrested the Sugarbook founder over a rape and prostitution case in Subang Jaya.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said the suspect was rearrested over the case involving a student at an institute of higher learning which occurred on Feb 19,2019.

Meanwhile, Fadzil also said the prosecution has applied for a revision of the Magistrates Court's decision to reject the remand application against the suspect.

"The application for revision will be heard in front of a High Court Judge at the Shah Alam Court at around 9am on Friday (Feb 19).

"This comes after the remand application was rejected Thursday (Feb 18) morning," he said.

Earlier today, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said police did not obtain a remand order on the suspect.

He added, however, that police would investigate the matter further.

SAC Fadzil had said the police was expected to bring the 34-year-old man to the Shah Alam Court at 10am on Thursday to obtain a remand order on him.

"To date, we have received 74 police reports nationwide in connection with this case," he said.

The founder of the dating platform was arrested at a condominium in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday (Feb 17).

During initial investigations, the suspect confessed to being the founder of Sugarbook.

On Monday (Feb 15), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocked access to the Sugarbook website for allegedly breaching the law on the use of network facilities or services.

However, it was learned that the Sugarbook developer then set up an alternative site to enable its users to access the blocked webpage.

Sugarbook matches “sugar daddies” to “sugar babies”, or older and generally more well-off men to young women in a largely financial arrangement.

MCMC had said it was monitoring and investigating Sugarbook, and would take action against its users and platform owners should they violate the laws

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