JOHOR BARU: Police have opened an investigation into a man who allegedly committed slander against Johor Police Chief Commissioner Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
Comm Ayob said that the suspect left the country since November 2, 2017 and is believed to be currently living in Germany.
The suspect allegedly uploaded a video via Facebook on Sunday (November 29) claiming that Kom Ayob mistreated K. Haridas – the suspect who had been previously arrested for allegedly making slanderous statements to Police Inspector General Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador and Comm Ayob.
“It has become a trend for people to go abroad and make accusations and slanderous statements,” said Comm Ayob.
“The suspect’s background check reveals that he has seven previous offenses in his criminal record involving cases under Article 397 / 397A of the Criminal Code for armed robbery, Article 160 of the Criminal Code for assault and Article 506 of the Criminal Code for criminal intimidation,” he said.
He said this during a press conference at the Johor Police Headquarters here on Monday (30 November).
Kom Ayob also denied the suspect’s statement claiming that 255 inmates had died in prison from 2000 to 2014 due to police brutality.
“In Johor, we have recorded 23 deaths involving inmates who died from illness from 2000 to 2014, these prisoners are all drug addicts who died from illness and were classified in the Sudden Deaths report (SDR) and not due to police brutality.
“As for Haridas, he was arrested for a fugitive case under Article 506 of the Criminal Code for criminal intimidation. He was later charged in court on November 24 and was offered a bail of RM10,000 which he could not pay.
“Haridas has made a report claiming that he was beaten during detention at the Ulu Choh detention center and not in a police prison,” he said, adding that the suspect must check the facts before making a slanderous statement.
He added that the case is being investigated under Section 500/504 of the Criminal Code for defamation and willful insult and Article 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for sharing offensive and threatening content.
In the six-minute and 55-second video, the suspect identifies Comm Ayob as a racist using caricatures and questions his actions to arrest the man suspected of being linked to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2019 during his time as Head of the Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division (E8 ) Bukit Aman.