‘What happened to innocent until proven guilty?’

sanjeevanPETALING JAYA: Malaysian Crime Watch (MyWatch) Chairman R Sri Sanjeevan today reminded the nation’s top cop of the “innocent until proven guilty” principle in law.

Sanjeevan, who Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar called a “criminal”, said the top cop had publicly defamed him and perhaps had even interfered in his pending court cases by making it seem as if he had already been found guilty.

“What happened to the concept of innocent until proven guilty? In my case, the trial is still going on. He saying I’m a criminal makes me wonder if he already knows what the judgment would be.

“I will consult with my lawyer, Gobind Singh, and look into the possibility of suing Khalid.

“He should immediately issue a public apology for labelling me as such,” Sanjeevan said when contacted by FMT.

Khalid was reported to have made the remark when asked to comment on Sanjeevan’s allegation that there may have been instances of corruption and power abuse by the top cop, whose brother was accused of being a director of Unggul Shooting Academy.

“So I feel that I don’t have to answer to a criminal who is charged in court,” Khalid was quoted as saying by Malay Mail Online.

DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng had also echoed Sanjeevan’s remark, taking to Twitter to point out that the latter was merely a suspect, not a criminal.

Khalid responded with a screenshot of a Webster Dictionary’s definition of the word “criminal”, defined as “involving illegal activity”.

Sanjeevan, however, questioned if Khalid was feeling the pressure of having his family’s gun businesses exposed and was merely lashing out at him for being the person responsible for the expose.

“When the public came to know of his daughter’s firearms company, Khalid was quick to react by saying that the firm’s operating licence was obtained before he became the IGP, and that he had prohibited the firm from applying for government tenders.”

Sanjeevan was referring to Nilai Arms and Ammunitions Sdn Bhd, the company selling firearms co-owned by Khalid’s daughter and brother-in-law.

“But this time he kept mum, and couldn’t even explain to the public if there was indeed a conflict of interest between his position and his brother’s shooting academy.”

Sanjeevan, armed with the registration document of Unggul Shooting Academy, allegedly owned by Khalid’s brother, Abdullah Abu Bakar, had yesterday lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the matter.

The academy was said to have a paid-up capital of RM400,000 and was registered on Nov 1, 2013, six months after Khalid was made the nation’s top cop.