Malaysia: Communities still in denial months after case of UK’s ‘worst paedophile’

Source: Asian Correspondent

MORE than six months after Richard Huckle was sentenced to life in jail for sexually abusing scores of children, most of the families in the Malaysian communities where he lived are declining counselling and other help, police say.

Huckle had posed as a freelance photographer, English teacher and Western philanthropist over the past decade to gain access mostly to impoverished communities in Kuala Lumpur, where taboos around child sex abuse often prevent families from disclosing it.

Police reached out to 320 adults and 101 children in two communities affected by Huckle, Ong Chin Lan, the head of the Sexual, Women and Children Investigation Division of the Malaysian national police said in an interview.

“We have identified a few victims. We have tried to identify communities,” Ong said. “But we respect the parents and guardians’ view of not coming forward. They don’t want to lodge a police report because of pride and shame.” Read more

Malaysian on Singapore death row to file judicial review forcing Putrajaya’s intervention

Source: The Malay Mail Online

noose-hang-death-penalty-2410KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — A Malaysian who is on death row in Singapore will file a judicial review tomorrow to compel Putrajaya to file a case with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ahead of his execution.

S. Prabagaran, 29, will file the judicial review at the High Court here tomorrow via his lawyers in Malaysia, led by N. Surendran.

Surendran told Malay Mail Online that this was the only avenue left available for Prabagaran, who is set to face execution in a few weeks for drug trafficking.

“He had exhausted all his appeals and the only way for him is for the Malaysian government to intervene and file a case with ICJ against the Republic of Singapore,” Surendran said. Read more