Police used excessive force during man’s arrest, claims family

KAJANG: Family members of a man arrested for drug offences and the latter’s lawyer have alleged excessive force by police, claiming gunshots were fired at his car.

Wong Khai Pun, representing Too Kim Yoong, said during his client’s arrest on July 22, police fired multiple shots at his car despite there being no danger to the police then.

“At the time, my client had just picked up two of his children and a group of plainclothes policemen rushed to his car near the security guard checkpoint.

“They tried to force open his car door and my client, thinking that they were robbers, tried to drive off. CCTV footage showed the policemen firing multiple times at the car, which had two young children inside,” he told a press conference at Too’s house in Cheras Hartamas here.

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

He said police only identified themselves as law enforcement officers later and that his client was arrested near his house.

He was then driven back to his home by the police.

CCTV footage made available to reporters showed the man being escorted into the home by several plainclothes policemen, followed by a man wearing a police vest.

Wong said after the initial incident, the Serdang police district headquarters released his client but Selangor 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 Section, which detains him for 65 days without trial, when they can utilise the Criminal Procedure Code Section 117 for remand,” he added.

Too’s wife Toh Xiau Wun said the police also raided the house shortly after the car chase.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said the family’s allegations would be probed.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zaid Hassan yesterday confirmed the arrest was made by the Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigations Department, adding that Too is being investigated over alleged links to a drug distribution syndicate.

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