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Taiwanese claims to be illegally detained, mistreated in Malaysia

Taiwanese claims to be illegally detained, mistreated in Malaysia

A local businessman who returned from Malaysia Friday claimed in Taichung yesterday that he was illegally detained for 43 days and maltreated by Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpur.Chen Pao-chao, a businessman who sells oil used in religious worship, said he arrived in Kuala Lumpur December 1 and was escorted by a Malaysian friend to a local hotel where he was to stay before going on to Penang the next day as he did in 10 previous business trips to Malaysia.
Nabbed in a parking lot
When he and his friend went out for dinner at a local restaurant that evening, they were arrested in the hotel's parking lot by eight police officers, who accused them of being drug dealers, threw them to the ground and beat them ruthlessly during the ensuing interrogation.
In order to force him into admitting his alleged crime, Chen claimed that he was badly beaten, tortured and denied a lawyer.
No evidence
Although the police claimed they had been watching his friend for a while and knew all about their deals, they did not show any evidence that he was involved in anything illegal and refused to let him go, claiming that they can legally hold a suspect for up to two years without filing charges.
Thanks to the help of a secretary at the Taiwan representative office in Kuala Lumpur, Chen said he was released eventually and allowed to return to Taichung.
Waving a medical certificate issued by a hospital in Taichung, Wu claimed that his 43-day ordeal in Malaysian police custody has badly damaged his health.
He condemned the Malaysian police for trampling on his human rights. Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman Michel Lu said in Taipei that his ministry is looking into the case and will express its serious concern to the Malaysian authorities, despite the absence of diplomatic ties between Taipei and Kuala Lumpur.
Lu said his ministry helped members of Chen's family to visit him in Kuala Lumpur during his detention and helped him return to Taiwan after his release.


Updated : 2021-10-21 16:49 GMT+08:00