Cops deny barging into home of Haziq’s dad in Kuching

Kuching police chief Awang Din Awang Gani. (Facebook pic)

KUCHING: Police have denied barging into the home of Santubong PKR Youth chief Haziq Aziz’s father here yesterday.

District police chief Awang Din Awang Gani said the investigations followed standard operating procedures and there was no power abuse.

He said the investigations were carried out under Section 292 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which did not require any warrant for an arrest.

“We had received instructions from Bukit Aman on June 13 to locate Haziq and record statements from Haziq and his family members based on a police report made in Kajang,” he said in a statement here today.

He said five police officers had gone to the home of Haziq’s father, Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, at 5.20pm to get them to assist in the investigations.

“We believed there were people inside the residence as there were vehicles parked there.”

However, their calls for the occupants to come out went unheeded.

Since the gate was unlocked, police decided to enter the house and called out to the owner again and Aziz responded, he said.

“The police officers had introduced themselves. They showed their authority cards and explained the reason for their presence to Haziq’s family members,” he said, adding that Haziq’s family members were cooperative and allowed them to inspect their property.

However, Awang Din said Aziz lodged a police report the next day at 1.13am, alleging trespassing by the police from Bukit Aman.

Haziq had admitted that he was one of two men filmed engaging in homosexual acts at a hotel in Sandakan last month.

The videos, which he claimed were recorded without his permission, were taken on May 11 at the Four Points hotel in Sandakan during the recent by-election there.

He also named Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali as the other person in the video. Azmin has strongly denied the claim and threatened to take legal action.