National Diving Coach Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charge

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KUALA LUMPUR – A national diving coach today claimed trial at the Sessions Court here today, after he was charged under Section 376(1) of the Penal Code for allegedly raping a 20-year old diver.

Huang Qiang was accused of raping her at the Bukit Jalil National Aquatics Complex here on Sept 26 this year.

If convicted he faces a maximum 20 years jail term and also whipping.

The China-born Huang, who is now a Malaysian, appeared calm when the charge was read out in Chinese by the court interpreter. His wife was also present in court today.

Sessions Court judge Wan Norisham Wan Yaakob allowed a RM50,000 bail with two sureties to Huang.

The court also ordered Huang to surrender his passport and report himself to the nearest police station twice a month.

Huang was also warned that he is restricted from having any form of contact with the victim and witnesses, or his bail will be defaulted.

The court also fixed the next mention on Nov 11.

Huang received Malaysian citizenship in 2011, after which he represented Malaysia at the 2012 London Olympics.

He won silver in the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998 at the age of 16, when he represented China.

Lawyer Cheow Wee, who appeared as watching brief for the victim told reporters outside the court that although his client was still traumatised, the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum), National Sports Council (NSC) and her friends and family were very supportive towards her.

Last week, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the coach implicated in the diver’s alleged rape case had been suspended from work, and that his ministry would be carrying out their internal probe along with NSC, Asum and the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

He added his ministry had also set up a special committee to study the issue of sexual harassment of athletes, with SEA Games contingent chief Marina Chin heading the committee.

“The committee will study all aspects of the issue and the necessary short and long-term measures including the guidelines to handle complaints, a whistle blower policy, athletes’ welfare and other related matters.

“The committee will submit its report and recommendations direct to me,” Khairy said.