Police investigating allegations that Penan women were sexually abused by loggers found no evidence to support their claims, but will continue their probe, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mussa Hassan said.
Either the Penan community changed their mind and kept silent or the Police cannot trace the culprits. Just hope that the Police continue their investigation and get to the root of the allegations. found no evidence to support their claims, but will continue their probe, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mussa Hassan said.
IGP: No evidence found in Penan rape claim
By LOURDES CHARLES
KUCHING: Police investigating allegations that Penan women were raped by timber workers found no evidence to support their claims, but will continue their probe, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mussa Hassan said.
He said a Bukit Aman taskforce investigating the allegations had interviewed and recorded statements from two of the alleged victims as well as several others recently.
“Although we have yet to find any evidence, I have instructed my officers to probe further as the alleged incidents have been occurring over the past 14 years.
“Another problem we face in our investigations is the reluctance of certain non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to cooperate with us in our investigations,’’ he told reporters after attending a briefing on the security and crime situation in Sarawak by the state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh.
Musa said police have identified the NGOs and would compel them to come forward and assist in investigations.
He said police viewed such allegations seriously, adding that Sarawak police had investigated 10 reports of rape lodged in the Baram district over the years.
The rape also involved several other tribes.
“In the 10 cases investigated, five cases were brought before the courts.
“We will investigate all cases, regardless of whether they are legal or illegal. That is my assurance and there is nothing for them to fear," he said.
The allegations were first highlighted by the Bruno Manser Foundation on its website.
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