Crime & Courts

Kelantan police chief: No protection for inspector in rape case

PASIR MAS: Kelantan police will not protect any of its personnel if they were found to have committed crimes or misconduct.

State police chief Datuk Muhamad Zaki Harun said all policemen would face similar punishments if they were proven guilty.

This comes after a 23-year-old woman claimed that a police inspector had raped her.

"If any policemen are found to be involved in any crime, we will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against them.

"Similar action will also be taken against the inspector who was remanded today for allegedly raping a woman.

"Give us some space to investigate this case thoroughly. We have sent all the evidence to the Forensic Department," he told reporters here today.

On the case, Zaki said investigations showed that the victim was called to Tumpat police headquarters on Sunday to assist investigations into an extortion case.

"The woman, who is an online cosmestics seller, was called by the inspector as a witness to the extortion case involving pornographic pictures of her friend.

"She was then (allegedly) raped by the inspector at the district police headquarters," he added.

Zaki said state police would not hide the rape case as it had tarnished the image of the force.

It was reported that a policeman with the rank of inspector had been remanded for seven days to assist investigations into the rape of a woman who lodged a police report at the station to which the suspect was attached.

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