Policeman: Tian Chua screamed when arrested

NST: 19 April 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief Tian Chua had twice screamed “Jangan pukul saya” (Don’t hit me) while he was arrested outside the Parliament building last year. Chief Inspector Sazali Ahmad, who headed the police team stationed outside the building before an illegal gathering, told the magistrate’s court yesterday that he heard Tian Chua screaming those words as Constable Rosyaidi Anuar, and two others made the arrest.
Sazali, when cross-examined by counsel Ranjit Singh, agreed that he heard the words, but did not order his personnel not to make the arrest.
“I did not see them hitting or punching him. That is why I did not order them to stop.”
Sazali was testifying at the trial of Tian Chua, whose full name is Chua Tian Chang, charged with hurting Rosyaidi by biting him on his forearm at the parliament building entrance, Jalan Parlimen, about 10.45am on Dec 11.
Police had obtained a court order the day before the incident, barring anyone from participating in the illegal assembly organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) outside Parliament House.
Sazali said Tian Chua, who is also the Batu MP, was lying handcuffed on the road and refused to get up.
“That is why I ordered my men to take him to the patrol car about 20 metres from where he was at.”
When Ranjit asked why he made the arrest, Sazali replied that he was following the court order, and also because Tian Chua had refused to produce his identity card.
Ranjit: Were the six policemen wearing their uniforms when they made the arrest?
Sazali: No. they were in plainclothes.
Ranjit: So if anyone had seen these six men, including Rosyaidi, they would not know that they were policemen. Do you agree?
Sazali: Yes.
Ranjit: Did you introduce the six men as policemen when you approached Tian Chua?
Sazali: No.
Ranjit: So if anyone saw Rosyaidi, he looked just like a regular person. Agree?
Sazali: Yes.
Tian Chua was represented by Ranjit Singh, Lai Chee Hoe and Razlan Hadri.
Hearing continues on May 16.