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Thursday, December 31, 2015

IGP smacks Bar Council for silence on 'self-defence murder'

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has smacked the Bar Council and human rights lawyers for not explaining to the public that it is not right to kill someone in self-defence.
He said this in reaction to public outrage over a viral story that a man who killed a robber in self-defence, is being charged with murder.
"Section 99 of the Penal Code clearly outlines the limits of self-defence, not just for the public, but for us (the police) too.
"It is not absolute [...] it doesn't mean if someone wants to rob us we can kill them.
"This is where the Bar Council plays a role in educating the public [...] why keep quiet?" Khalid said at a press conference in Bukit Aman today.
While the law does provide for self-defence, Section 99(4) of the Penal Code states that the right of private defence in no case extends to the inflicting of more harm than it is necessary to inflict for the purpose of defence.
A story that went viral on social media tells the tale of a man named Zulkifli, who is at risk of facing the hangman's noose after stabbing to death a robber who broke into his home, in Kerteh, Terengganu.
Zulkifli is said to be charged with Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, and Section 326 for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means. -Mkini

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