By S. Harrish
A POLICE inspector who was accused of raping two Mongolian women earlier this month was charged today for human trafficking offences.
Hazrul Hizham Ghazali from the Petaling Jaya police headquarters pleaded not guilty to the two charges for abusing power in exploiting the two women aged between 20 and 36 years old.
The alleged offence took place between April 10 and 11 at a hotel in Petaling Jaya.
Hazrul, who is represented by lawyer Shah Rezal Abdul Manan, faces a jail sentence of between three to 20 years or a fine.
Judge Tasnim Abu Bakar granted him a RM20,000 bail. The court has set June 17 for mention.
She also ordered the accused to surrender his passport and present himself at a police station monthly until the conclusion of the trial.
The inspector was previously arrested after police raided the hotel and rescued the two Mongolian women, who had been kept there against their will.
The two women alleged that they were stopped at a roadblock in the district during the movement control order (MCO) nationwide while they were on their way home.
Upon finding out that the two victims had no valid travel documents on them, the suspect reportedly took advantage of the situation and forcefully took them to the hotel where he allegedly raped them.