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The police must act immediately against 5 abusive officers

On 17 April, Ahmad Radhi bin Bashizan, a teenager who lives with his parents in Sungai Petani, Kedah, was arrested by the police, outside his home, for an alleged MCO violation.

He informed the arresting officers that he was recovering from an operation to have a pin inserted in his right hip. He pointed to his crutch. He told them he was on a course of medication. He told them his surgeon had told him not to put any load on his right leg for two months.

The officers brushed off everything he said. They handcuffed him. They told him and another arrestee to get into the boot of the patrol car.

They drove to a pondok polis (police booth) in the taman (housing estate) he lives in. He struggled to breathe while he was in the boot of the car. From the booth, he was taken to the lockup in IPD (District Police Headquarters) Kuala Muda, which is about 20 kilometres away.

At the IPD, he did not admit to the offence. He was granted police bail (good conduct surety) and released on condition that he appear in court on 29 April to be formally charged.

During his ordeal, despite his pleas, he was denied use of his crutch. He had to walk much. He had to put weight on his right foot. He had to endure intense pain He may be permanently hurt. He could not take his medication.

Yesterday, he made a police report in Sungai Petani. He gave the ID number of the arresting officer. He stated that there were four other officers involved in the arrest. He asked the police to investigate and take appropriate action against the officers.

EDICT is pleased to note that an Investigating Officer interviewed Radhi in-depth immediately.

EDICT calls upon the police to act immediately against the officers.

EDICT reminds the police that they are responsible for upholding the law and for the health of persons they detain, as stipulated in sections 3 and 20 of the Police Act, 1967 and as repeatedly held by the courts.

EDICT calls upon Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Hamid Bador and Home Minister Dato' Seri Hamzah bin Zainudin to be just as rapid in meting out punishments to police offenders as to members of the public.

EDICT 24 April 2020

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