Police to review investigation papers on alleged assault by ‘Datuk Seri’

 |Nov 3, 2017
Deputy IGP Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim. – MO pic by Azrol Ali

BUKIT KAYU HITAM: Bukit Aman police will review past investigation papers involving the ‘Datuk Seri’ who allegedly assaulted three People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members recently.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said he had instructed an officer from Bukit Aman Legal and Prosecution Division to get hold of the investigation files to check on the man’s past records.

“We are also retrieving previous cases to see why action was not taken and if there are sufficient evidence or not… we are studying them now… if there are evidence for action, we will take action.”

He said this to reporters after Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s visit to the new phase of Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Complex here yesterday, Bernama reported.

Ahmad Zahid also chaired the second high level committee (HLC) meeting on National Border Security and Control at the complex.

Noor Rashid added that the man who is being remanded for four days from Oct 31 was also tested positive for drugs.

The New Straits Times reported that the suspect is alleged to have been involved in criminal activities dating back to 2009,

This was revealed by sources close to the investigation, who told the daily that the man had in the past been investigated for alleged involvement in serious crimes, including causing injury and robbery, as well as drug abuse.

“Checks on the man’s background revealed that he had allegedly been the subject of investigations in at least 10 cases.

“The first was in 2009, allegedly for drug abuse. He was also arrested in 2013, under Section 324 of the Penal Code (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), and at another time for alleged robbery,” NST quoted the source as saying.

The English news portal also reported another source familiar with the previous cases as saying that investigations had been completed but “the suspect was never prosecuted for the alleged offences”.

As a result of this latest development in the assault case, police are said to be considering using the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) in order to be able to detain him for a longer period, without a need to get a remand order.