Police will detain, remand and charge MCO offenders in the courts, says Minister

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 14: The police will not issue compounds to the offenders of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the third phase that starts tomorrow (April 15) but instead will detain and charge them in the court.

Defence Minister and Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the number of cases are rising every day and as such the police will not focus on compounding MCO offenders as it is presumably not a fearful Order.

Ismail said, the offender will be charged under Section 24, Act 342 which brings a sentence of imprisonment not more than two years for first offence and five years for second offence.

“Even though the police could use their discretion on the MCO offenders but due to the people’s attitude that they could get away without paying the compounds within two weeks, the government has decided to leave the court to decide on the penalty,” he said in a press conference here today.

He said the offenders will be remanded for half a day before being charged in the court and this procedure might improve the situation.

Earlier he said, until April 13, 9,090 individuals have been detained for not complying MCO and 4,036 compounds have been issued.

The Senior Minister added, yesterday the police had detained 1,374 individuals who have not complied with MCO and this includes 931 being compounded RM1, 000 each while 418 individuals were remanded and 25 individuals on police bails.

Ismail also highlighted on the spreading of fake news amongst the people. The Police and the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have opened 217 investigation papers while 162 cases are still under investigation.

He said, 23 individuals have been charged in the courts and four have pleaded guilty.

“The police will still take action on those who have posted fake news and then erased it and apologize after it has gone viral,” warned Ismail.

In another development, Ismail said, 176 quarantine centres are now in operation with 13,528 individuals undergoing compulsory quarantine process.

“Yesterday (April 13) 593 Malaysians have returned and now they are in the quarantine centres,” he reiterated. – Malaysia World News

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