Saturday, April 10, 2010

Welder files suit against govt and cop over alleged brutality

Source: (By YUEN MEIKENG, 10/4/2010)
A 42-year-old welder has filed a suit against the Federal Government and police officer Fazrul Hadi Yamin for alleged police brutality. Tong Ket Ming was allegedly assaulted when he was under remand for suspected involvement in an armed robbery on June 28, 2007.

He filed the suit at the High Court registry via the firm Messrs Stella, Lim & Co yesterday. Tong’s lawyer Lim Lip Eng told reporters that his client was seeking general damages and other costs deemed fit by the court.

In Tong’s statement of claim, he alleged that he was handcuffed and arrested at his house in Rawang on July 9, 2007 before his family members including his wife and then three-year-old daughter. After being interrogated, Tong claimed he was brought to the Sentul district police headquarters and was further questioned by Fazrul, who was an officer there. Tong alleged that he was brought to a room where Fazrul attacked him with his hands, elbows, legs, a rubber pipe and also gave him a “flying kick”. On July 16, 2007, the plaintiff was brought to the magistrate’s court for his remand to be extended. When the judge asked him why his face was swollen and injured, Tong explained that the police officers had hit him. Upon his return to the police headquarters, Fazrul and other police officers allegedly assaulted and hurled abusive words at him. Tong was released on bail the next day and was taken to seek medical treatment. As a result of the attacks, Tong claimed he suffered severe physical injuries on his head, face, nose, lips and other areas on his body as well as psychological trauma. He also said that Fazrul and other Federal Government agents had committed contempt of court when they disobeyed the magistrate’s orders on July 10 and July 16, 2007 to give him medical treatment.

Tong was discharged not amounting to an acquittal by the magistrate’s court on Feb 3 this year after an application by the Deputy Public Prosecutor.

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