No Evidence Found on Penan Women Rape Allegations

7 November 2008

The police task force set up from the Bukit Aman station had found no evidence to support the allegation that Penan women had been raped by logging company employees at a village in Ulu Baram here.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has expressed his disappointment at some of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which had made the allegations but have been uncooperative with police investigations. The NGOs had alleged that the rape cases have been ongoing for 14 years on the website of Switzerland-based Bruno Manser Fund.

The task force had interviewed two of the alleged victims, and taken over 20 statements from family members of such victims.

Police have identified the NGOs, which are believed to have the victims in their custody in Kuala Lumpur. Musa said witnesses from such NGOs are advised to come forward to aid investigations.

During the course of their investigations for two weeks so far, Sarawak police have revealed 10 rape cases involving other tribes as well.

The Star Online – Police find no proof of rape of Penan women

New Straits Times Online – ‘NGOs not helping in Penan abuse probe’

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