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Fatal shooting in LD: 15 soldiers arrested

Published on: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: A total of 15 soldiers have been arrested so far over the fatal shooting of a comrade and injuring of two civilians involving a commando outside a convenience store in Lahad Datu on May 28.

State Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said 13 soldiers were arrested last week and that 11 have been remanded until June 4 and the other two until June 5. He said another soldier was apprehended last Thursday and remanded until June 6 while the most recent one was detained on Tuesday morning.

"The remand for the 14 soldiers might be extended if the need arises for them to facilitate police investigation on the case.

"As for the 15th soldier who was apprehended today, we will apply for seven days' remand on him.

"Looking overall on the case, what I can tell you is that the case is solved," he said to reporters after launching a Reject Bribe Campaign at Pulapol hall at the Sabah Police Contingent headquarters in Kepayan, here, Tuesday.

He also presented two certificates of appreciation for rejecting bribes to two police personnel at the event.

The campaign that will involve talks and presentation of the certificates will be conducted from April 1 until September this year to enhance awareness of the police on corruption and the consequences.

It was earlier reported that a commando was believed to have fired several shots to quell a commotion outside the Gemilang 24-hour convenience store in Lahad Datu at 4.45am on May 28.

Lance Corp Muhammad Fiffixezapey Mat Hussin, 28, who was shot on the left chest, succumbed to his injuries at the Lahad Datu Hospital.

The two civilians injured were Indonesian nationals, aged 31 and 38, who were bouncers at a nightclub.

Hamza said the police have recovered firearms and four empty casings from the suspects.

On the motive, he said the police are still investigating the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

Earlier, Hamza said the percentage for Sabah police officers and personnel who have had disciplinary action taken against them for various offences stood at between one and two per cent.

However, he said, those found involved in corrupt practices only accounted for 0.1 per cent or equivalent to 360 police personnel comprising 53 officers and 307 lower rank personnel, recorded from 2010 to February this year involving bribery amounting to RM205,590.

He said the number of cases police involved in corruption in Sabah is negligible compared to the number of men in the force.