|Nazri: Govt has no intention to review IPCMC|
|Tuesday, 12 June 2012 08:21am|
©The Sun Daily (Used by permission)
by Husna Yusop
KUALA LUMPUR (June 11, 2012): The government has no intention to review the provisions under the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said.
This is because the government has already set up the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC), he told opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Permatang Pauh).
"We already have the EAIC whereby the public can channel all their complaints regarding actions taken by any enforcement agencies, including the police," Nazri said.
Anwar in his supplementary question said the opposition believes the IPCMC is needed in order to protect the credibility of the police and increase their integrity.
"We still want the government to look into the IPCMC proposal or a more independent commission, not only a panel, because it does not have the capability to conduct investigations transparently and independently.
"And this has affected the image of not only the police but also the country," Anwar said referring to alleged police brutality during the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28.
In his original question, Anwar asked the government to state the measures taken to identify, investigate and prosecute policemen who acted violently against journalists and participants during the rally.
To this, Nazri said after reviewing the video recording compiled by the police and conducting proper investigations, two police officers have been charged in the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate Court on May 18.
They were charged under Section 352 of the Penal Code for using violence on a Guangming Daily photographer on April 28 and the case will be re-mentioned on June 18, he said.
He said the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) are now still going through the video recordings to see whether there were more police officers involved in committing such offences.
"Instructions have also been given for the police to trace and obtain video recordings on alleged police brutality which has been uploaded on websites and blogs, for the purpose of observation.
"If investigation shows concrete evidence that the police have used violent, the AGC will prosecute the case in court and will not protect anyone from being imposed with the necessary actions according to the law," he added.
However, Anwar said the rally was an alarming case as there were many people seriously injured, thus, it needs serious attention and actions.
He said it was not reasonable to only prosecute two constables and claimed there were other higher-ranking officers who were not charged though they were also equally responsible, thus, the need for the IPCMC.
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