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Police Plan To Record Statement From Richard Huckle

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) plans to record a statement from British paedophile Richard Huckle to get details on Malaysian victims.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said RMP were hoping to record the statement soon.

“I plan to apply (to the relevant authority in the United Kingdom) so that RMP officers would be able to take Huckle’s statement in prison in order to get details on (Malaysian) victims.

“The application will be made as soon as possible but we need to have police reports from the victims involved,” he told a press conference after officiating the 81st RMP Cooperative Annual General Meeting here today.

Khalid said so far, no families or victims had came forward and lodged police reports regarding the matter.

“Since the case has been solved, I hope the British authorities do not hesitate to share information.

“If they only tell the (Malaysian) police the suspect is involved in paedophilia, what can we do? That is why we could not identify the victims involved,” he said.

Khalid said that in handling this case, it was necessary to seek cooperation from victims and their families.

“In this case, there is no need to feel embarrassed or hide anything. Our children are the victims of such a crime. If (we) do not come forward, we will fail in combating this disgusting act.

“Maybe there will be non-governmental organisations coming forward after this to tip-off the police on the case,” he said.

“Apart from applying to record Huckle’s statements, police will also file an application to extradite Huckle to this country,” said Khalid.

The police, he said, encountered a a slight problem to obtain further information and cooperation from the British authorities.

“Initially, the police were only informed about Huckle in 2014 but there were no further details given. They only informed that Huckle was suspected to have been involved in paedophile activities.

“Since then, police were trying to get more information from them (the British authorities) but the case was still on trial and so more information could not be given. When this had happened (new development on the case), then a lot of questions arose.

“So far, two victims have been identified and police will continue cooperating with the British authorities to identify other victims,” he said.

Asked whether the police were now monitoring locals identified as paedophiles, Khalid said the police were now focusing on the matter.

“Based on surveillance, we found out that a number of individuals were in possession of pornographic images of children,” he said, adding that police would be dragging them to court. – BERNAMA

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