Lawyer claims police used excessive force on client during arrest

PETALING JAYA: A lawyer is claiming that excessive force was used during the arrest of his client.

Wong Khai Pun, representing Too Kim Yoong, said that during his client's arrest on July 22, the police fired multiple shots at his car.

"At the time, my client had just picked up two of his children. A group of plainclothes policemen rushed his car near the security guard's checkpoint here. They tried to forcefully open his car door and my client, thinking that they were robbers, tried to drive off.

"CCTV footage shows that the plainclothes policemen then fired multiple times at the car, which had two young children inside," he said at a press conference at his client's house in Cheras Hartamas on Wednesday (July 28).

The footage shown to the media showed several shots being fired at the fleeing car, before a short chase ensued.

Wong said that his client did not endanger any of the policemen there, and the gunshots were unwarranted.

He added that the police only identified themselves as law enforcement officials afterwards, and that his client was arrested near his house and said that his client was then driven back to his home by the police.

CCTV footage shown at the press conference showed the man being escorted into the home by several plainclothes policemen, followed by a man wearing a police vest.

Wong said that after the initial incident, the Serdang police district headquarters released his client, but the Selangor state police rearrested him under the Dangerous Drugs Act (Special Preventive Measures) 1985.

"The family is very puzzled on why he has been held under this law, which detains him for 60 days without trial when they can utilise the Criminal Procedure Code Section 117 for remand.

"Had he been remanded until Section 117, he would have had the chance to be brought before the courts, and there he could state his argument," he said.

Meanwhile, Yoong's family maintains his innocence and say he is not a criminal. They also added that this could have been a case of mistaken identity.

His wife, Toh Xiau Wun, said her husband was later brought back to the house in handcuffs, and the police searched the house.

"At first, I didn't know what was going on. I was just trying to keep my children safe," she said, adding that the police also questioned the family during the raid.

Toh added that she last saw her husband after his re-arrest by the state police.

In a statement today, Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zaid Hassan confirmed the arrest, saying that the man was believed to have links to a drug distribution syndicate.

"At around 3.05pm on July 22, a team from the Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department attempted to stop the suspect's car in front of a security guard post at Taman Bayu Mas. He did not cooperate and tried to run away by speeding off. Following that, several shots were fired at the suspect's car. A chase ensued and he was arrested not far from the initial incident," he said, while confirming that the man is still under police custody.

"An investigation paper was opened under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder," he said.

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