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Woman who accused exco of rape ready for hearing - embassy rep

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Modified 23 Aug 2019, 8:34 am

The 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker who accused Perak exco member Paul Yong of raping her is prepared to face the court when the trial commences.

A representative of the Indonesian embassy in Malaysia revealed this when met outside the Ipoh Sessions Court this morning after the DAP assemblyperson was charged.

Shabda Tian said the woman is recovering from her alleged ordeal at the hands of her former employer.

“Her mental condition and morale have improved. She is ready and strong enough to face the trial,” he was quoted as saying by Astro Awani.

Sabda said the embassy is satisfied with the investigations into the case and thanked the Malaysian police for their cooperation.

“We have been following this case from the start and of course, we have high hopes.

“But we will leave it to Malaysia to handle it,” she said, adding that the case has received widespread media coverage in Indonesia.

Earlier, Yong claimed trial to the rape charge under Section 376 of the Penal Code. He was accused of committing the act in a room at his house in Meru Desa Park on July 7 between 8.15pm and 9.15pm.

The court allowed the 49-year-old politician bail at RM15,000 with one surety.

Yesterday, Perak state speaker Ngeh Koo Ham filed a police report claiming that the man who took the domestic worker to lodge a police report had received RM100,000 and was threatened by a gun-wielding man not to reveal this.

Yong's lawyer Ramkarpal Singh had argued that if there was a basis to the claim, then the charge could be dropped.

"There could be a conspiracy planned to defame Yong that cannot be ignored," he said.

However, deputy public prosecutor Azhar Mokhtar Azhar objected and said the report was not to the knowledge of the attorney-general, while instructions have been given to proceed with the trial.

Met after the proceedings, Ramklarpal said a representation has been made to the AcG to drop the charge.

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