Freed in lockup slip-up

> De­tainee ‘as­sumes iden­tity’ of cell­mate to be re­leased on bail


SEGA­MAT: A de­tainee sen­tenced to prison in con­nec­tion with a drug-re­lated of­fence, house breakin and theft was mis­tak­enly re­leased from the lockup at the dis­trict po­lice sta­tion here.

The in­ci­dent at 11.30am yes­ter­day hap­pened after a lockup su­per­vi­sor re­ceived a bail no­tice for a 22-year-old de­tainee.

A po­lice source said a con­sta­ble and a cor­po­ral were on duty dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

“Upon re­ceiv­ing the bail no­tice, one of them called out the de­tainee’s name, but there was no re­sponse. He then shouted out the name listed in the bail no­tice sev­eral times.

A de­tainee then re­sponded, and was re­leased. Later, the su­per­vi­sor checked on the other de­tainees and found one of them miss­ing.

“He then re­alised he had mis­tak­enly re­leased the wrong man, who had been sen­tenced to six months’ im­pris­on­ment on Oct 11. The de­tainee named in the bail no­tice was still in the lockup,” the source said.

Po­lice tried to con­tact the re­leased de­tainee’s wife and mother but failed to reach them, and sub­se­quently launched an op­er­a­tion to lo­cate him.

The “fugi­tive” has been iden­ti­fied as Azrul­nizam Arif, 39, who was last seen wear­ing an or­ange T-shirt and pur­ple shorts.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 223 and 224 of the Pe­nal Code for flee­ing from po­lice cus­tody.

Those with in­for­ma­tion on the sus­pect can con­tact Insp Huza­ifah Akma Ishak at 011-2776 6092 or Sega­mat dis­trict po­lice at 07-931 2222, or the near­est po­lice sta­tion.

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