Three policemen were arrested on Wednesday (12 January) for allegedly extorting cash from a car sales agent as they accused him of committing an offence of having a prohibited document in his phone.
According to Sinar Harian, Ampang Jaya District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Farouk Eshak said the incident happened at 11.30 a.m. at Persiaran Pandan Prima, Dataran Pandan Prima on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old victim was driving in the area when he was flagged down by two uniformed policemen from the Ampang police motorcycle patrol unit.
He said the policemen then carried out checks and one of them scrutinised the victim’s cellphone before accusing him of possessing certain documents in his phone.
“The policemen allegedly demanded cash to settle the matter. Out of fear, the victim handed over some cash and transferred more to a bank account of a man through an online transaction,” Mohamad Farouk said in a statement.
It is believed that the victim lodged a police report following the incident.
Mohamad Farouk said both the suspects and a third policeman involved in the case were arrested on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
“Investigations showed that the suspects would ride their motorcycles to seek out victims before extorting cash by threatening to arrest them. We are on the lookout for other suspects who have been involved in the case especially the bank account holder the victim had transferred his cash to. Interrogations of the suspects are also ongoing to ascertain their involvement in other similar cases,” he said.
He said the policemen were in their 30s and 40s from the Ampang Jaya police station, adding that the men had served the police force for over 10 years and did not have any past records for disciplinary problems or drug abuse.
Mohamad Farouk said the men were remanded for 4 days from today for investigations.
“We urge those who have had such encounters with the police to come forward and lodge reports. Ampang Jaya police will not compromise on crimes committed by any police personnel, rank-and-file, or officers. We will be fair in carrying out our investigations and prosecute all those involved,” Mohamad Farouk said.