Thursday, 9 June 2016


Malaysia says Britain did not fully cooperate with its investigation into Richard Huckle over objections to the death penalty.
11:32, UK,Thursday 09 June 2016

Paedophile Richard Huckle
Malaysia's police chief has said UK detectives were unable to provide enough information to allow them to investigate paedophile Richard Huckle.
Responding to concern that Malaysia failed to act on a tip-off in 2014, Khalid Abu Bakar said British officials could not provide detailed information because Malaysia reserves the death penalty.
"That was our main obstacle when dealing with European countries because, by law, they are unable to cooperate with us because we carry out capital punishment," Khalid said.
Richard Huckle
"When his case went to trial, it was only then that we knew that it was 23 victims, and that it involved our citizens and only then we could start tracing them.
"Now that this case is over, I hope that the British authorities will no longer hold back any information from us."
In 2011 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office set out its strategy goals for the abolition of capital punishment in other countries that warned police assistance to states that retained the death penalty would be restricted.
"In countries where the assistance we offer could lead to the death penalty, the assistance we may be able to offer will be limited," it said in a report by the Human Rights and Open Democracy Department.
A spokesperson for the National Crime Agency (NCA) said: "The NCA first engaged with Malaysian authorities in 2014 and have continued to do so.
"We will continue to work with Malaysian law enforcement as investigations continue."
Huckle, 30, was given 22 life sentences after admitting 71 charges of sex abuse against children aged six months to 12 years in Malaysia and Cambodia.
He was described by National Crime Agency spokesman Matthew Long as "one of the most committed, manipulative, conniving paedophiles I have come across".
In Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, a non-governmental organisation has started holding workshops on sexual abuse for children of one of the poor Indian communities frequented by the church-going Briton.
It took weeks to convince the 200 families in the community to allow their children, some as young as four, to take part in the scheme.