Ex-cop says IGP to help him over wrongful detention claim

Former police officer Md Ali Amir Batcha was accused of heading a group of elite police officers in a series of robberies in 1995.

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has pledged to help former police officer Md Ali Amir Batcha, who claimed he was falsely detained without trial under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) for three years in the 1990s, with his compensation claims.

Ali is demanding more than RM316,000 as compensation for being falsely detained and wrongfully terminated from the police force as well as retirement benefits.

He claims he was falsely accused of heading a group of elite police officers from Unit Tindakan Cepat in a series of robberies in 1995.

“I had to engage lawyers, which cost me RM50,000. This is what I am not happy with,” he said after meeting Hamid at Bukit Aman today.

Ali, a former officer with the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (D9), said the IGP assured him that he would bring his case up to Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.

He said Hamid noted that these were rights that should have been accorded to him as a former member of the police force.

“The IGP accepted my explanation,” he said after their hour-long meeting. “They (Hamid and his officers) welcomed me and treated me well.”

He said he furnished documents to support his claims.

Ali said his problems started when he was falsely accused of heading a group of elite police officers from Unit Tindakan Cepat in a series of robberies in 1995.

The unit is part of the CID and based at all police contingent headquarters.

He said he was detained in Simpang Renggam, Johor, without trial for three years.

He maintained that he was innocent, adding that the charges brought against him were thrown out by the courts in 1998.

Ali also claimed he was illegally dismissed from the police force while he was detained at Simpang Renggam.

He wants investigations into allegations that he was the mastermind behind several robberies to be reopened, claiming that he was a victim of a conspiracy.

Ali has since submitted copies of a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), the Prime Minister’s Department, the home ministry, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the police headquarters.

He has also lodged three police reports on the matter.

He said Hamid told him he was free to pursue his claims in court again and they would not try to stop him.