‘11 cases of sex­ual crimes against kids solved’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Special Court for Sex­ual Crimes against Chil­dren in Pu­tra­jaya has solved 11 of 62 cases since it started op­er­a­tions early last month.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Aza­lina Oth­man Said said 62 cases were reg­is­tered since the special court started op­er­a­tions on July 4.

“Of the 62 cases, 11 have been solved, 25 are be­ing men­tioned and 26 are on trial. The cases reg­is­tered un­der the court will be solved or dis­posed of within one year from the date of reg­is­tra­tion.”

She was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Da- tuk Dr No­raini Ah­mad (BN-Parit Su­long), who wanted to know the num­ber of cases in­volv­ing sex­ual crimes against chil­dren that were be­ing tried in the court.

Aza­lina said the court had special in­fra­struc­tures, such as a court-record­ing tran­scrip­tion sys­tem, an au­dio-vis­ual sys­tem, a child wit­ness room and a wait­ing room for child wit­nesses.

“The rooms are child-friendly and help vul­ner­a­ble wit­nesses aged be­low 18 to record their state­ments with­out hav­ing to face the ac­cused.”

She said judges pre­sid­ing the cases in the special court com­prised Jusa C grade judges.

She said the judges and pros­e­cu­tors would en­sure that all as­pects of tes­ti­monies given by the vic­tims and ac­cused were care­fully looked into.

She said the gov­ern­ment was look­ing at ex­pand­ing the special court to all states in phases, based on the num­ber of cases reg­is­tered in each state to re­duce the num­ber of sex­ual crime cases.

“The gov­ern­ment will form a work­ing com­mit­tee to draft com­pre­hen­sive stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures to han­dle such cases, tak­ing into ac­count the views of all par­ties, in­clud­ing the psy­chol­ogy of the chil­dren in­volved.

“These in­clude stake­hold­ers such as the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­bers, Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Min­istry, po­lice, Health Min­istry, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund and other child non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

The special court in Pu­tra­jaya, said to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, was opened by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak on June 22.

Datuk Seri Aza­lina Oth­man Said

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