Friday, January 30, 2009

MACC sets up special taskforce - Malaysiakini

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has set up a special taskforce to conduct an internal investigation into allegations that an Umno division leader was assaulted by its officers during detention.

In a statement, MACC said the five members of the special taskforce were not from the commission to ensure that the investigation would be carried out independently and according to procedures.

“The MACC would not compromise and will come down hard on its officers if the allegations are true.

“The MACC gives its guarantee that the investigations would be carried out professionally and fairly,” it said.

The 46-year-old division leader from Maran, Pahang, had reported that he was punched in the head, shoulder and stomach during his four-day remand in Kuantan.

He also claimed that he was forced to strip naked, lie and roll on the floor besides being asked to do squats and sing the national anthem repeatedly.

In his report, he also claimed an officer pressed him against the wall and threatened to arrest his wife and ask her to strip if he refused to confess that he had handed money to Umno members.

He lodged his report at the Damansara police station on Jan 29.

The MACC in return, had lodged a report against the Umno leader for allegedly lodging a false report.

MACC deputy commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohammad was reported saying that the division leader had threatened to lodge a report to smear MACC’s image before he was released.

“We hope the police will take immediate action on the report that was made. If the allegations are not true and slanderous, appropriate steps must be taken against the complainant who made a false report,” it said in a previous statement.

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