CID chief denies home minister meddles with police

(Malaysiakini) – Federal police CID director Mohd Bakri Zinin today denied former inspector-general of police (IGP) Musa Hassan’s claim that the home minister meddled with police affairs, and went on to stress that the police has never practise favouritism in their investigations.

Malay daily Berita Harian today reported Bakri as saying that every aspect of an investigation carried out by the police is done according to the law and without interference from other parties.

“The police always ensure that each aspect of an investigation that is carried out does not breach the boundaries of the law as the investigations are determined according to the crime committed by the offender.

“Hence, in its execution, there is no interference whatsoever from any individual or parties that will influence the investigation,” he is quoted as saying after chairing a meeting for of CID heads yesterday.

Bakri said this when asked about Musa’s recent allegation that Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had issued orders to junior officers and a district police chief without his knowledge during his tenure as the nation’s top cop.

Bakri said that he believes Musa was not referring to criminal investigations, as such allegations do not exist in the CID.

“On what angle do you (reporters) mean? If it’s from the policy’angle, I can’t comment. However, as for the question of investigation, it is based on the perception of the case investigated by us and nothing else.

“We don’t play favouritism when dealing with investigations as we can’t do that in the criminal context. We investigate a criminal case by following the laws and the offence committed. So how does the element he (Musa) allege exist?” Bakri said.