Raeesah Khan yet to turn up for interview over alleged rape case: Police

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SINGAPORE — Sengkang Member of Parliament Raeesah Khan has yet to be interviewed by police over her remarks in Parliament about the mistreatment of an alleged rape victim, despite two requests by the agency to provide case details, said the Singapore Police Force on Wednesday (20 October). 

In a media statement, police added that after an "extensive search", authorities could not identify the officers involved in the alleged incident, or confirm that such an incident actually took place.

During an August parliamentary debate on empowering women, Raeesah had said that she accompanied a 25-year-old woman to make a police report three years ago. However, the woman came out of the police station crying and alleged that officers had made comments about her dressing, and the fact that she was drinking, according to Raeesah.

Earlier this month, Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam asked Raeesah in Parliament to provide more information to assist police investigations, such as the police station, the month the report was filed and other details. The Workers' Party MP declined to elaborate, citing the need to protect the alleged victim's identity. 

In response, Shanmugam said that police would interview Raeesah. 

However, police noted on Wednesday that the Serious Sexual Crime Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department, which investigates rape offences, had emailed Raeesah twice this month to arrange an interview. 

The police said they needed Raeesah to provide details on the case. She was also assured that the police would safeguard the victim’s identity from public disclosure.

"The Police have still not heard from Ms Khan. Ms Khan has so far not substantiated her allegations against Police officers with further details on the case."

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