A retired armed forces member from Negeri Sembilan is taking legal action against Kuala Muda district police chief ACP Adzli Abu Shah
The retiree was arrested in a police raid at his home in Lenggeng at about 4am on the early morning of 9 August and brought across state lines to Kuala Muda, Kedah for questioning after a report was lodged against him for allegedly insulting Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor over his recent remarks.
The 61-year-old was one of the several others who were arrested for criticising Sanusi.
While he was not named in the statements made by police at the time, the former army personnel has now identified himself as Roslei Kamisan as the man who was allegedly slandered by ACP Adzli.
He is now seeking RM100,000 in damages and a public apology from the Kuala Muda top cop.
Roslei also wants Adzli to retract his alleged defamatory statement unconditionally.
Adzli, who did not name Roslei, issued statements about him having a "prior record" for "criminal intimidation" that is being investigated
Roslei, however, claims Adzli's claim about his criminal record is defamatory and false.
"That statement (by Adzli) was false and defamatory towards our client. Our client does not have any court charges or any ongoing investigations against him under Section 506 of the Penal Code," Malaysiakini quoted his lawyer Asheeq Ali Sethi Alvi as saying in a statement today, 14 August.
"This defamatory statement has tarnished the good name of our client as a retired member of the Armed Forces, a Muslim, and an individual respected and liked by many."
The senior citizen, who is being represented by Asheeq, Ramkarpal Singh, and Sangeet Kaur Deo, also believes that the police had intentionally and maliciously released the statement, knowing it would be read by the public and that this would irreversibly damage his reputation, reported Free Malaysia Today.
"This has led to the perception that my client is a criminal and as one who does not obey the law. It also gives the impression that there is a tendency to criminally intimidate others and that he is a bad person," Ramkarpal said.
Roslei has sent Adzli a letter of demand with a two-week deadline
If Adzli fails to comply with the demands, Roslei's team will initiate legal action against him.
"Should Adzli fail to fulfil these demands within 14 days from when he received this letter, we (the lawyers) have been instructed to file legal proceedings against Adzli in court," Asheeq said.
The letter of demand was sent yesterday, 13 August.
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