Secret Witness Will Reveal Role of Malaysian Politicians in Rape Case of Indonesian Citizens

UMMATIMES - Prosecutors in the case of rape of an Indonesian national assistant involving Tronoh, Perak councilor Paul Yong, will apply for two witnesses to testify under the 2009 Witness Protection Act.

"The two witnesses are participants in the witness protection program based on the law," said the head of the Perak State Prosecutor's Office, Jamil Aripin, to Judge Abdul Wahab Mohamed in Perak, Tuesday.

Previously Paul Yong (51) pleaded not guilty to allegations of rape of his maid at his house in Taman Meru Desa on July 7, 2019 between 8.15 and 21:15 local time.

Jamil said his party wanted the two witnesses to give their testimony in accordance with Article 265 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code so that their identities and statements were not revealed and only needed to be submitted to court.

"The two witnesses have expressed their desire to testify in front of the camera without being seen by the defendant and his lawyer," he said.

He said the public and the media were also prohibited from disclosing information about protected witnesses.

"What is meant by identity is not only the witness' background, information or location, but also includes things that can lead to the disclosure of their identity, such as the facial recognition of the witnesses," he said.

He said letting the defendant and his lawyers see the witnesses would lead to the disclosure of their identities, even though certain parties, including lawyers and defendants, already knew the protected witnesses' identities.

"The two protected witnesses are a 24 year old complainant and another who has received death threats," he said.

Former State Assembly Chair Ngeh Koo Ham has filed a police report that he received information that the person who brought the Indonesian maid to file a police report received RM100,000 and was also threatened by a man with a gun.

On that occasion Paul Yong's lawyer, Rajpal Singh, rejected his application to use the Witness Protection Act.

Judge Abdul Wahab then instructed the prosecutor to wait until the defendant's team prepared an answer before submitting a request for the use of the law.

He also advised that the trial be continued with the remaining witnesses so as not to waste time.