KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- As news broke out Tuesday that autopsy pictures of murdered eight-year-old girl Nurin Jazlin Jazimin were posted on the Internet, police warned that stern action would be taken against anyone distributing such pictures.
Selangor Chief Police Officer Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar, who was not amused by this latest twist in the bizarre murder, told Bernama: " I've seen the pictures posted via emails and have lodged a report.
"Investigations are underway under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and I warn those distributing such photographs to stop doing it or risk being prosecuted under the OSA or in possession of pornographic materials," he said.
" I'm directing this warning particularly to my own men (police) as they were the ones who had direct access to these photographs and those who are now in possession of such photographs," Khalid said.
Nurin was reported missing on August 20 after she had gone alone to a night market near her home in Wangsa Maju here.
On September 17, her nude body was found stuffed into a sports bag that was left in front of a shoplot in Petaling Jaya. A post-mortem revealed that she was sexually assaulted, with a brinjal and cucumber inserted into her private parts.
Police picked up five people, including a woman, in connection with the murder 10 days after the discovery of the body but only the woman is still under remand.
The four men were released four days later as DNA tests carried out on them did not match the foreign material found on Nurin's body.
Describing the distribution of the photographs as a despicable act, Khalid said others might also be in possession of such material.
Asked how many photographs could have been distributed on-line, he said: "There were many, more or less the whole set of photographs."
In the meantime, Jazimin accompanied by his brothers and his legal adviser also lodged a police report later today at the Jalan Bandar (Dang Wangi) Police Station.
In his report he expressed his dismay and disbelieve that such photographs which are supposed to be in the hands of the authorities for the yet to be solved case could be easily and unlawfully circulated to the public without regards to the feelings and dignity of the victim's family.
He asked the police find and stop the source of the circulation as it is feared that such act would interfere in the investigation on his daughter's murder case.
Asked by reporters outside the Police Station on what would be his next action, he told them that he was leaving it to his counsel Messrs. Shafee & Co to deal with the matter. A ststement on the matter shall be made by the counsel right after Hari Raya. Messrs. Shafee & Co will also be acting as the watching brief for the family once the trial commences.