Masseuse tells Thai em­bassy rep she was not sex­u­ally as­saulted

New Straits Times - - News -

BANGKOK: A Thai masseuse, who had pre­vi­ously claimed that she was raped by a Malaysian Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer in Malacca, has told a Thai em­bassy rep­re­sen­ta­tive that the in­ci­dent did not take place.

A Thai For­eign Min­istry spokesman, in a state­ment yes­ter­day, said the woman had de­nied that she was sex­u­ally as­saulted as claimed.

“The woman told the Thai em­bassy (in Malaysia) that no sex­ual as­sault took place and that she was not ques­tioned in a sep­a­rate room, as re­ported,” said the min­istry.

Em­bassy rep­re­sen­ta­tives had met the woman on March 23.

The min­istry said the woman and her three coun­try­men had been moved to a women’s shel­ter in Jo­hor, as per a court or­der is­sued un­der Malaysian anti-hu­man-traf­fick­ing laws.

Pre­vi­ously, it was re­ported that the 32-year-old woman had told her sis­ter that she was raped by an Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer and forced to per­form oral sex on him at the Machap Um­boo Im­mi­gra­tion De­pot. The in­ci­dent sup­pos­edly oc­curred when her state­ment was be­ing recorded on March 9.

Fol­low­ing the claim, Malacca po­lice ar­rested the Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer at his of­fice on Fri­day and re­manded him for three days. He was re­leased on po­lice bail yes­ter­day. Ber­nama

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