IPOH – The Perak police denied the news reports that two brothers who were
detained in April to assist in an investigation were being abused while being
remanded at the Ipoh district police headquarters.
The State Police Chief Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the two brothers,
N.Letchumanan, 19, and N.Vikram, 17, were remanded on April 20 for six days
under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.
Abdul Rahim explained they both were re-arrested on April 26 for
investigation on the offense of rioting under the Section 148 of the Penal Code.
“On May 22, the two suspects who are members of the ‘Kongsi Gelap 36’ were
again detained under Section 3(1) Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959 for being
involved in violent crime and were remanded for 60 days for investigations,” he
said in a statement here tonight.
According to Abdul Rahim following the arrest under POCA, the Crime
Prevention Board ordered the two suspects to be detained at the Special
Rehabilitation Center, in Kluang, Johor for two years starting July 20.
Following the clarification, Abdul Rahim advised any party including their
siblings who were dissatisfied with the actions taken by the police, to use
legitimate and legal channels.
On Friday, Letchumanan and Vikram through their lawyer T Shasi Devan had
submitted a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) in
Kuala Lumpur which alleged that they were being abused.