IGP: Cops not to blame for death of sickly detainees

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The police should not be held responsible for deaths in custody caused by health reasons as these detainees had prior medical conditions before they were arrested, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) also said the report on lockup deaths released yesterday by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) was “misleading” as it failed to consider specific details of each case and only highlighted the number of deaths.

“On Suhakam’s comments on deaths in lockups, Suhakam should look at the deaths according to case by case basis, the reasons of the death… rather than emphasising on the total figure, which gives a wrong impression and (is) misleading,” Khalid told Malay Mail Online.

Yesterday Suhakam issued a report that cited possible negligence on the part of the police as a plausible cause of death for some detainees. Read more