Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cops hindered in rape probe

CID chief says even NGOs who made issue public have given us zero cooperation

BINTULU: Investigations into the alleged rape of Penan girls and women have been hampered by a lack of cooperation from various quarters, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said yesterday.
Bakri said police efforts to investigate the cases had in fact led them to be viewed negatively by the local community.

“The police are looking for evidence to solve the cases, but there have been no cooperation from the victims, and there are also no witnesses. The investigation will take time to be completed.

“The people cannot blame us for that because if you really want the cases to be completed then give us information, even the non-governmental organisat-ions who initially brought the issue to the public have given us zero cooperation,” he said during a press conference after a CID heads meeting here.

On the progress of the police probe into the rape allegations, he said a task force comprising Bukit Aman and Sarawak police officers, had been working on it since January.

He said investigations were being conducted according to the law and offenders would only be charged when there was sufficient evidence.

The CID chief stressed that the case was still under investigation and claims by some quarters that it had been closed were not true.

“Actually we have investigated about 14 cases in nine settlements in Ulu Baram, but only four cases involved the Penans.

“We have charged one person, but the other three cases have no witnesses to enable us to take legal action,” he said, adding that their investigation had no agenda other than to nab those responsible.

He urged those concerned to come forward and give information to speed up the investigation.
CID deputy director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani and Sarawak CID deputy head ACP Zainuddin Zainal were among those present.

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