Court of Appeal reinstates Mongolian’s civil suit over alleged rape by ex-cop

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The Court of Appeal has reinstated a Mongolian woman’s civil suit seeking declarations that she was unlawfully detained and sexually assaulted by a former police inspector.

This comes after the Kuala Lumpur High Court had on Jan 22, 2021, struck out the suit against Hazrul Hizham Ghazali as the woman could not deposit a RM70,000 payment for security for costs.

In a statement, law firm Thomas Philip Advocates and Solicitors said the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court’s decision yesterday, with her civil action set to go for a full trial.

“Criminal proceedings are ongoing against Hazrul, who faces multiple counts of rape and outrage of modesty in the Klang sessions court, with continued dates scheduled for July this year,” said the firm.

The Mongolian woman, who was one of two women aged between 20 and 36 arrested at a roadblock, had filed the suit in April 2020 seeking declarations against Hazrul for unlawful detention and sexual assault during the movement control order.

The former police inspector from the Petaling Jaya police headquarters is charged under Section 13(f) of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act for abuse of power in exploiting the women.

The alleged offence took place between April 10 and 11 at a hotel in Petaling Jaya.

He faces a jail sentence of between three and 20 years and a fine, if convicted. – FMT