Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lahad Datu: Man in torture video not a member of Malaysian security forces

PETALING JAYA: The video which shows a man being tortured is not that of a member of the Malaysian security forces in Lahad Datu, police said.

The video, which has gone viral in social media websites and YouTube, showed a man’s fingers being cut and later beheaded supposedly involving a Malaysian security forces man in Lahad Datu.

However, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has quashed the validity of the video, saying the man in the video was not a member of the Malaysian security forces.

“We discovered the video actually depicted a man from a foreign country. The incident occurred overseas.

“The man in the video is definitely not one of our security forces personnel,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Based on the uniform as well as the terrain depicted in the video, Khalid said it was not in Lahad Datu or anywhere else in Malaysia.

“Furthermore, the man in the video was not wearing a Malaysian security forces uniform.

“We hope the public will not be influenced by this video,” he said.

He added that the police have already formed a task force to track down those responsible.

“We will take action against those responsible (for spreading the video).

“Such graphic footage can cause panic and affect the morale of security personnel,” he said.

Khalid also advised the public, especially netizens, not to spread rumours or unconfirmed reports concerning Ops Daulat.

“We will release verified reports on Ops Daulat through press conferences and even on the police Facebook and Twitter pages,” he said.

“Rumours will only lead to trouble for everyone,” he added.

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