Monday, February 16, 2009

AG to look into rape case of 3 underage girls - Malaysiakini

PUTRAJAYA: Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has directed the Chambers to look into the allegations of the parents of three underage rape survivors that the investigating officer had failed to attend the trial and the accused, who is out on bail, was harassing his victims.

“The A-G has expressed shock over the claims in the memorandum especially those involving the Investigating Officer (IO) and promised to look into the matter as well as ensure that the trial runs smoothly after this,” said Mohamad Amsyari Mohamad Suhaimi, the Chambers’ public relations officer.

At about 10.40am on Monday, several social activists and the parents of three under-aged rape victims handed a memorandum highlighting the failure of the IO to appear during the trial and claiming the suspect had been intimidating his victims.

Mohamad Amsyari, who took the memorandum up to Abdul Gani, came back down 30 minutes later.

He said Abdul Gani could not meet them because he had to leave for another engagement outside the office but that the AG had taken a look at the memorandum and had asked the Prosecution division to look into the matter seriously.

The memorandum, submitted by K. Balasupramaniam, Community Care Network representatives Michael Chang and Anita Lim and the parents of the three girls - aged 10, 12 and 13 - carried the signatures of 1,279 women.

Balasupramaniam said the 2006 Ampang case had been postponed in January last year because both the IO and interpreter were absent; it was postponed again in August because the medical report was not ready and the IO was absent, and again in December as the IO was absent.

He said the parents were upset with the repeated postponements because the girls were affected emotionally every time they had to appear in court in relation to the case.

“The parents lodged a police report after they managed to record a telephone conversation between the suspect and the eldest victim and we are now asking the A-G to look into revoking the bail and placing the suspect in police custody,” he told reporters at the AG’s Chambers on Monday.

Balasupramaniam said the accused had been recorded asking one of his victims to say “I have forgotten” to any question asked of her in court so the matter would be settled quickly, as well as to coax her siblings to do the same in return for “rewards”.

“My children are traumatised by the rape and now the harassment and I really want the trial to be over as soon as possible but this can only happen if the unnecessary postponements stop,” said the girl’s father.

The accused had worked as a maintenance worker at the girls’ apartment in Ampang and is alleged to have befriended them by buying them food and gifts before raping them.


Anonymous said...

Another disgusting horror work from PDRM! No wonder rapists and murderers are running amok in Malaysia! Innocent people particularly human rights activists are arrested, jailed and tortured like under ISA, and yet criminals including gangsters, evil rapists and murderers can run loose and even have the nerve to harass his victims, who after all are such young girls! And such pedophiles are increasing too, thanks to the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) "hard" work! A SUHAKAM junior officer told me that gangsters are recruiting into the PDRM, so they can run amok committing crimes freely, and this officer has since left SUHAKAM, probably pushed out for speakinhg her mind and telling the truth!

Katharina Sri (former: Noor Aza Othman)

Anonymous said...

ah !
the malaysian police, again.
n what was d judge doing all this while ?
sleeping while all this injustice was going on rt in front of HIM in HIS court ?
way 2 go, judgie !
u cant even bring yrself 2 protect 3 small defenceless children against d all-powerful policeman
where is yr conscience, judge?