IGP: 3 elite police units removed as part of restructuring

Fuzi Harun says a report on lawyer and activist Siti Kasim will be submitted to DPP. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun has confirmed the removal of three units in the police force.

The three are the Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (STAGG), Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc) and Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING).

Previously, allegations of graft had been levelled at the three units.

A “handful” of department heads in the police force are also expected to be sacked.

“The initial stage of the police force restructuring would include cleaning up these task forces,” Fuzi said at a Hari Raya gathering at Bukit Aman.

When asked about the arrest of lawyer and activist Siti Kasim, who was accused of kidnapping her client and preventing police officers from discharging their duties, Fuzi declined to comment in detail, only stating that police would submit investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had asked for a report from the IGP on the incident which led to a public outcry.

Siti had heaped scorn on claims by the police that they had “rescued” her client, whom she was accused of kidnapping.

In a video uploaded on Facebook, she said she had no reason to kidnap her own client.

Fuzi was also asked on the whereabouts of former Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman. The IGP said police were working with their counterparts and declined to comment further.

Musa, in a statement today, denied he was on the run, saying he had left the country legally for the UK to seek medical treatment and for “personal reasons”.

He said he had made it clear to Sabah police commissioner Ramli Din that he was willing to assist the police in any inquiry into any matter, including a police report lodged against him by Sabah Governor Juhar Mahiruddin.

“I have already commenced proceedings in the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak seeking orders against both the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah and Shafie Apdal as a consequence of ultra vires and unconstitutional acts by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri following his swearing-in of myself as chief minister.

“He improperly asked me to resign within 48 hours, declined to sign instruments of appointment, and purported to swear in Shafie as chief minister while I was still in office. These matters are now sub judice and before the High Court as a result of my originating summons.”

Meanwhile, asked on updates on Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder case, Fuzi said no contact had been made with police retiree DSP Musa Safri.

“I’m not sure (about his whereabouts). (There are) no efforts to contact him at the moment,” he said.

Altantuya’s father, Setev, had wanted police to reopen the case and question Musa whom he named as a key witness in a police report he lodged.

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