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Police issue ultimatum to Bersih suspects

 | May 9, 2012

Come forward before we begin a house-to-house search, says the CID chief.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has warned that it will conduct a house-to-house search for suspected lawbreakers in the Bersih 3.0 rally if they do not present themselves to police within a week.

Bukit Aman CID Director Mohd Bakri Zinin said today that his department had distributed 116 photos of suspects and would release 25 more before the end of the day.

“This is their last chance before we go looking for them, house to house,” he said. “They can come with their lawyers.”

So far, 12 suspects had either presented themselves or been traced, he added. One has been charged with participating in an illegal assembly.

Bakri also said police had opened 43 investigations papers concerning allegations of police brutality.

He said police had formed a task force to investigate the various cases.

He denied an allegation by student Khalid Mohd Ismath that he was subjected to psychological torture during interrogations, dismissing it as nonsense. “We are very professional,” he said.

Meanwhile, another police official said photos of policemen suspected of assaulting journalists had been sent out to various district police headquarters.

“On that day, a lot of policemen were from the outskirts, many unexposed,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

“They didn’t know the role of the media. Many were probably thinking, ‘I’m doing my job. Why are people taking photos of me?’ That day, many of them had gone into a different zone. That’s why we saw many tags removed. They were seeking revenge for the rumoured death of their colleague.”

He said investigators were looking into allegations that police had removed their Velcro name tags, adding that internal disciplinary action could be taken against them.


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