Rape in Miri lockup: Cops promise stern action

ACP Hakemal – Dayak Daily photo.

THE police have pledged to act sternly against any of its officers found to have neglected protocols that led to the alleged rape of a 16-year-old teen in the Miri police lockup on Jan 9.

Miri district police chief ACP Hakemal Hawari said appropriate action would be taken if any of his subordinates were found guilty of any professional lapses.

He, however, said the police could not reveal any further information regarding the case as it involved a juvenile, Borneo Post reported.

Following the incident, Hakemal said the Integrity and Standard Compliance Division of the Miri District Police Headquarters (IPD) has carried out an investigation and preliminary actions have been taken against the two policemen involved.

“Both of them have been suspended from work starting Jan 14 until the disciplinary investigation is completed. Further investigation on this matter will be carried out by Sarawak Police Contingent headquarters (IPK),”

“The police wish to emphasise to the community that we will not have any compromise or tolerance with any of our officers or policemen are negligent in carrying out their daily duties and appropriate action and punishment will be taken against them,” he added.

Yesterday, the victim and her father, accompanied by Senator Alan Ling had lodged the report over the incident. The crime allegedly took place on Jan 9 after the victim was detained for involvement in gambling activities.

The suspect had pleaded guilty to the charge.

Hakemal also appealed to the public to stop speculating about the incident as it would hamper investigation.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail, was earlier quoted as saying that the two policemen who were on duty on the night when the victim claimed to have been raped by a male detainee have been suspended.

Aidi assured that stern action would be taken against the policemen and their supervisor in the event of negligence and non-compliance to the standard operating procedure while on duty.

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