No bail for cop accused of helping Nigerian escape

KUALA LUMPUR - A Sessions Court judge here has denied bail to a suspended police corporal charged with helping a Nigerian detainee escape from a police lock-up.

Judge Dazuki Ali made the order yesterday after rejecting an application by counsel Latheefa Koya who appeared for Kpl M. Ealumalai, 52.

"I view that there are no new facts submitted before me to enable me to grant bail," said Dazuki, who fixed Sept 25 for mention.

Ealumalai was charged on Aug 16 where he claimed trial in the same court to wilfully releasing a Nigerian detainee from the Jinjang police station lock-up on Aug 12.

Ealumalai, who was attached to the Jinjang lock-up, is accused of releasing detainee Osuji Kelly Prince who had been arrested for a drug-trafficking case.

Ealumalai is said to have committed the offence with another person who is still at large at the Jinjang lock-up in Sentul between 9.30am and 10.46am that day.

If convicted, Ealumalai, from Cheras, can be jailed up to seven years and fined under Section 225(c) of the Penal Code.

Earlier, Latheefa said her client had been remanded since Aug 15 and had complained of backache which required treatment.

She submitted that there was no reason for Ealumalai to abscond and urged the court to impose additional conditions on her client.

DPP Nabilah Ahmad Poad objected, saying that Ealumalai could obtain treatment while in prison.

Latheefa told reporters later she would file an appeal.