Tuesday, April 08, 2003

IGP: Cops abused powers in Brickfields raid

KUALA LUMPUR: Six policemen, including one or two “senior police officers” were found to have abused their powers during a raid at the Palm Court apartments in Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Brickfields here last month, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Norian Mai said. He said disciplinary action would be taken against them.
“ We have conducted our investigations into the incident and found some of the personnel involved in the operation had abused their powers and were negligent in their duties,” Norian told reporters at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman yesterday.
In the raid held from 7am to 11am on March 9, the police rounded up 196 people including 186 Indian nationals most of whom were information technology experts.
The Indians had complained of physical abuse by the police and some claimed that their passports were defaced.
Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Veena Sikri later lodged a protest over the manner the raid was conducted.
Following this, Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi directed the police to conduct an investigation on the raid.
Norian said that the officers were based at the Brickfields police headquarters.
Asked what sort of disciplinary action they would face, Norian said the special board set up to investigate the incident was studying the breach of the rules and procedures on a case by case basis.