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Cops to quiz ex-minister over teen's sexual assault allegation

Police are scheduled to record a former minister's statement after a teenager accused him of sexual assault.

Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohd told Malaysiakini that a team from Bukit Aman would question the ex-minister in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

He said although the 15-year-old girl had retracted the report a day after lodging it in Perlis, the police would still proceed with the investigation.

“It is not like we are being silent or trying to protect him (the ex-minister). When a 15-year-old lodges a police report, we classify it as confidential.

“But we continue to investigate. Perhaps, the former minister met with the victim's family to withdraw the report. This doesn't mean, we will close the case. Investigation will continue.

“We have asked Bukit Aman's D11 (sexual, women and child investigation department) to record his statement tomorrow. Then the (investigation) papers may be submitted to the DPP for further action,” he added.

On whether the complainant and her family could have been threatened to withdraw the report, Noor Mushar denied this.

He also said the case is being investigated under Section 14(a) of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.

Although he did not name the former minister who is also an Umno lawmaker, Malaysiakini had sighted the police report, in which the complainant had accused him of holding her hand and caressing her back.

Meanwhile, Noor Mushar also rebuked MyWatch chairperson R Sri Sanjeevan over his accusation that certain quarters were attempting to close the case.

In a series of tweets regarding the issue, Sanjeevan had also named the MP.

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