I never promised ex-cop help with compensation claims, says IGP

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador says he only advised Md Ali Amir Batcha to file an appeal in the courts.

PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador today denied promising to help bring former police officer Md Ali Amir Batcha’s compensation claim for being “falsely detained and wrongfully terminated” by the police to the attention of the attorney-general (AG).

“I never made any promise to bring this matter to the AG as has been claimed by him (Md Ali),” Hamid said in a statement in response to an FMT article.

Md Ali claims he was falsely detained without trial under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) for three years in the 1990s.

He 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.

Yesterday, FMT quoted Md Ali as saying Hamid told him he was free to pursue his claims in court again and they would not try to stop him, after meeting with the top cop.

Md Ali Amir Batcha claims he was falsely detained and terminated from service with the police force.

Md 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 AG 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.”

However, Hamid said today the police only advised him to file an appeal in the courts because that was his constitutional right.

“He has a right to continue seeking justice based on the natural justice principle,” he said, noting that Md Ali had maintained that he was a victim of defamation and the “injustices” of the legal system.

Responding to Hamid’s statement, Md Ali told FMT the suggestion to bring the matter to the attention of the AG had actually been made by another police officer.

He said Hamid told him police could see how his claims could be looked into through their standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Yesterday, Md 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.

He 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.