'Abuse video' outrages Malaysia

By Jonathan Kent (From BBC News of Friday, 25 November 2005)

The video was apparently filmed on a mobile phone
Video pictures which appear to show a female prisoner of Chinese origin being humiliated in a Malaysian police station have provoked outrage.
The pictures emerged days before a Malaysian delegation is due in China to mend relations between the two sides.
The trip follows a number of complaints against Malaysian police by female Chinese tourists.
The clip, thought to have been filmed on a mobile phone, appears to show the prisoner and a female police officer.
The officer, who wears a Muslim headscarf, stands over the woman who is forced to strip naked, grasp her ears and squat repeatedly while, according to Malaysia's national news agency, a voice in the background recites verses from the Koran.
The pictures were passed to an opposition lawmaker who released them in the lobby of the Malaysian parliament.
Among those who had gathered to watch them was Interior Minister Azmi Khalid.
He is due to fly to Beijing next Wednesday to placate the Chinese over the treatment of their tourists in Malaysia. A number of Chinese women have claimed they were forced to strip in Malaysian police stations while being spied upon.
Meanwhile, Malaysian immigration officers have been accused of profiling young female Chinese visitors as would-be prostitutes.
Mr Azmi, who is delaying a visit to Pakistan to make the trip to China, says if genuine, the pictures depict abuse and he expects an investigation to follow.
A Malaysian police spokesman says officers are checking to see who made the recording and where it was filmed.

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