Malaysian police has suspended a policeman suspected of abducting and gang-raping a Vietnamese student in Johor Bahru last weekend, local media said Wednesday.
A report on The Star website quoted Senior Deputy Commander Zubaidah Md Ismail, Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS) director, as saying that the lance-corporal is the subject of two investigations.
"One is to investigate the crime he allegedly committed and the other is an internal investigation on his misconduct," she was quoted as saying.
Senior Deputy Commander Zubaidah also said that the police were probing if the policeman, in his 30s, was on duty when he allegedly committed the crime.
The suspect was among three men arrested for allegedly abducting and gang-raping the Vietnamese student, who is in Johor Bahru as a tourist, on Saturday.
The Star on Monday reported that the policeman was arrested within hours of the victim lodging a report while his two accomplices, in their 30s and 50s, were picked up in raids on Sunday.
Pham Thi Phuong Ha, an official at the Vietnamese embassy in Kuala Lumpur, told Thanh Nien News that the embassy has contacted local police for more information.
"We haven't had any information related to the victim's name and where she lives in Vietnam," Ha said.
She said the information that the victim was a student still needs clarifying.