A lawyer for two Mongolian women today filed a civil suit against a police inspector for rape and false imprisonment.
The lawyer, Mathew Thomas Philip, from Thomas Philip Advocates and Solicitors, said the action was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on behalf of the two Mongolian women.
The suit also named a Petaling Jaya-based boutique hotel as an involved party for acting on the police officer’s instructions and facilitating his actions.
The two women, and their three friends, are currently being detained under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrant Act (Atipsom).
The inspector, attached to Petaling Jaya District headquarters, meanwhile, has been freed on police bail after being remanded for seven days.
He was arrested on April 11 after the two women claimed that he had raped them at a hotel the previous day after they were arrested at a roadblock. He has been suspended from his work today.
The Mongolian women are seeking compensation as well as any other relief from the inspector and the hotel owners.
“This is the first step in seeking compensation for the heinous crimes perpetrated against my clients. We hope the courts will recognise the irreparable damage suffered by my clients and also the gross violation of trust perpetrated by the accused at a time of national emergency,” said Thomas Philip in a statement.
He also said he has written to the Criminal Investigation Department director to seek clarification about when formal charges will be levelled against the inspector.
“The Consulate of Mongolia have placed their trust in our firm to help their nationals and we will work as hard as possible to fulfil this responsibility.
“While there is nothing that can undo the horror of the incident, the least we can ensure is that the victims are reasonably compensated,” Thomas Philip added. – TMI