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Tahfiz Fire Suspects To Be Charged Thursday

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KUALA LUMPUR – The suspects in the arson attack on the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz (religious school) in Kampung Datuk Keramat here will be charged in court on Thursday.

City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh said the case has been forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and police have received instruction to charge them.

“Two of the suspects will be charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

“Six suspects will face a charge under Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said on Wednesday.

Earlier, at a press conference in Bukit Aman, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said not all of the seven young suspects would be charged.

“Those who were not directly involved will be charged for drug offences and will likely serve as witnesses at the trial,” he said.

He said police are also investigating how facts of the case and the suspects’ personal details were leaked to the general public and were spread on social media.

Following the tragedy, 13 police officers were quizzed about the leak.

Noor Rashid said there was a need to strengthen the police force’s understanding on the issue of secrecy so that the offence would not be repeated.

He also said the incident had minimal effects in the investigation process.

On Sept 16, seven youths aged between 11 and 18 were arrested for causing the fire that killed 21 students and two wardens.

Six of the suspects also tested positive for ganja. – The Star Online


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