Sunday, February 5, 2006

"If those responsible had done something which is against procedures, then the police top brass must institute disciplinary action"

Malaysia's PM orders probe into shaving of detainees' heads by police: Report


AP Worldstream
02-05-2006
Dateline: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Malaysia's prime minister has ordered the police to investigate if officers had followed procedures in shaving the heads of 11 men who had been detained for alleged illegal gambling, local media reported Sunday.

The police action triggered widespread criticism from the public and rights groups, but the officers claim it is allowed under lockup rules.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called on top police officials to investigate, the New Straits Times newspaper reported.

"If those responsible had done something which is against procedures, then the police top brass must institute disciplinary action," Abdullah was quoted as saying.