Thursday, September 3, 2015
IGP: Dr M to be probed for criminal defamation
"We will call Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in for questioning soon," said Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, adding that he himself would inform the former prime minister about it.
Khalid said that like any other investigation, police needed to take Dr Mahathir’s statement as a report had been lodged against him.
“We are investigating the case under Section 500 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation,” he said after launching the International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference here on Thursday.
Dr Mahathir is reported to have made allegations regarding corruption when he attended the rally on Sunday.
Khalid said police are also analysing video footage and images of protesters at the Bersih 4 rally to identify and take action against wrong doers.
He further urged those who had stomped on an image of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and PAS president Hadi Awang to come forward.
“There are also allegations of one of the protesters urinating on a mural of Najib. Those involved should come forward immediately or we will find you,” he said.
He added that the authorities had never allowed the rally to go one but as organisers insisted, the police took on the role of managing public order throughout the rally.
“We will be calling more than the seven organisers in for questioning in connection with our investigations,” he said.