Malaysia policeman suspected of gang rape suspended

PETALING JAYA - A policeman suspected of abducting and gang-raping a Vietnamese student, who is here as a tourist, has been suspended pending investigations.

Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) director Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Zubaidah Md Ismail said the lance-corporal was immediately suspended following a report lodged by the 22-year-old college student in Johor Baru on Saturday.

"Two investigation papers have been opened. One is to investigate the crime he allegedly committed and the other is an internal investigation on his misconduct," SDC Zubaidah said.

She added that the police were also probing whether the lance-corporal was on duty when he allegedly committed the crime.

The suspect, in his 30s, was among three men arrested for allegedly abducting and gang-raping the Vietnamese tourist.

On Monday, The Star reported that the suspect was arrested within hours of the victim lodging a report while his two accomplices, in their 30s and 50s, were picked up in raids on Sunday.

Sources quoted in the report had said that investigations revealed that the woman arrived at an apartment in Jalan Pasir Pelangi, Johor Baru, in a taxi with a female friend, also a Vietnamese, at 3am on Saturday.

It is learnt that three men who claimed to be plainclothes policemen approached them and asked them for their passports.

Sources added that the victim's friend ran off, leaving the victim behind. It is learnt that the woman tried to explain that her passport was at her home but the men refused to listen to her.

Apparently, they forced her into a car and drove her to the house of one of the culprits where they took turns to rape her.

The report said the culprits locked the woman up for at least 12 hours before sending her back to the apartment the next day.

The victim was sent for a medical check-up after she lodged a report.