DIGOS CITY, Philippines—Malaysian Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail announced Saturday that an investigation into the reported abuses by Malaysian security forces in Sabah has started, the Malaysian state news agency Bernama reported.
“If the investigation showed there had indeed been abuses, the persons involved will be charged accordingly,” Bedrnama quoted Abdul Gani as saying in a statement.
He said those complaining of such excesses would be assisted by the Malaysian Bar and the Sabah Law Association.
Abdul Gani said that as of late Friday, the number of persons detained on suspicion of having links to a group of armed men from Sulu who occupied a village in Sabah last month in the name of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III had reached 216.
But he added that he had yet to meet anyone who could support reports in the Philippine press, particularly the Philippine Daily Inquirer, that Malaysian policemen had beaten up Filipinos or killed any of them outside of the fighting with Malaysian security forces.