Malaysian crane driver claims cops beat him up

Malaysian crane driver claims cops beat him up
‘I was forced to confess’: crane driver Jolahie with lawyer Yap Hoi Liong.

SIBU - A crane driver claims he was so brutally beaten by police that he ended up in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in a coma and with injuries to his kidney and private parts.

Jolaihie Buang, 29, from Kanowit, said he was assaulted in an attempt to get him to confess to having cheated someone.

He said he went to the Sungai Merah station with his wife on Dec 31 last year to meet with police over the case.

"Four police officers were with us in the room. I was punched twice in the abdomen. One of them also threw a woman's shoe at me in front of my wife," he said.

He was then locked up with two other suspects.

On Jan 2, the three of them were sent back to the Sungai Merah station where they were told to do 100 squats non-stop.

Jolaihie said when he failed to do it, he was kicked by a police officer until he was close to fainting.

The suspects were also made to slap each other, according to him.

The next day, he claimed, the interrogation continued and he had his hair pulled hard by a detective.

Fearing that he would be subjected to more assaults, he admitted to being involved in the cheating case and signed a document.

Jolaihie said he was admitted to hospital on Jan 4 and sent to ICU on Jan 13 after he al­legedly fell into a coma for about a week.

District police chief ACP Mohd Kamal Kordi said Buang and his wife had made a report each.

"We started our investigation after his wife lodged her report while he was still in the hospital. We will not protect anybody in the case," he said.

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