EAIC: Amend laws to hold police responsible for custodial deaths

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission Datuk Yaacob Md Sam speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on N. Dharmendran custodial death, April 28, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA, April 28 — The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Home Ministry should amend existing laws to hold the police responsible for any injury sustained by a detainee or custodial deaths, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) suggested today.

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said that police officers should have the “burden of proof” placed on them until proven otherwise to prevent deaths in custody like in the case of N. Dharmendran.

“The commission recommends that the AGC and the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) to amend the Penal Code (Act 574) and Evidence Act 1950 to provide for a provision of presumption that placed the burden of proof on the enforcement agencies personnel who has a custody of a detainee to be liable for any injury or death occurred on detainee (sic) while in custody, until proven otherwise,” he said during a press conference at the EAIC headquarters today.

This was after he presented a report on the May 2013 death of Dharmendran who was found to have been tortured and beaten to death while in police custody. Read more

EAIC: Police officers beat Dharmendran to death during violent interrogation [Updated]

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, April 28 ― The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) today found that the police officers in charge of interrogating N. Dharmendran, who died in police custody in 2013, were responsible for his death.

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob MD Sam said that the Serious Crimes Division (D9) police officers beat up Dharmendran while he was in detention and later fabricated evidence to cover up the violent interrogation.

“The commission found the death of Dharmendran a/l Narayanasamy on May 21, 2013 resulted from the use of physical force by the police,” Yaacob said during a press conference at the EAIC headquarters today.

He explained that pathologist report from the Hospital Kuala Lumpur Forensic Department showed that Dharmendran sustained 52 bruises from blunt force trauma which caused “acute massive loss of blood” and eventually led to “hypovolemic shock.”

The deceased was also found with staple wounds on his ears.

“This is shocking to us, there were two staples found embedded on the deceased’s ears, one on the right ear and the other on left ear causing puncture wounds on both ears.

“The pathologist confirmed the deceased ears were stapled while he was alive estimated between two to three days prior to post mortem,” he said. Read more

Kenyataan Media EAIC berhubung dapatan siasatan EAIC ke atas kematian N. Dharmendran semasa dalam tahanan polis

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DAPATAN SIASATAN EAIC
KE ATAS KEMATIAN N. DHARMENDRAN
SEMASA DALAM TAHANAN POLIS
Putrajaya 28 April 2016 – Suruhanjaya Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasaan atau Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC), selaras dengan kehendak seksyen 30 (5) Akta Suruhanjaya Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasaan 2009 [Akta 700], dengan ini mengumumkan keputusan pendengaran awamnya ke atas kematian Dharmendran a/l Narayanasamy (N. Dharmendran, si mati) semasa dalam tahanan polis di Lokap Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah, Bahagian Siasatan Khas (D9) Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen (IPK) Kuala Lumpur pada 21 Mei 2013.
Lima (5) sesi pendengaran awam telah dijalankan, di mana sesi pertama hingga ketiga telah diadakan di Menara TH Perdana, Kuala Lumpur pada 27-31 Julai 2015 (pertama), 17-21 Ogos 2015 (kedua), 14-18 September 2015 (ketiga), manakala sesi keempat dan kelima telah diadakan di Bangunan Menara Usahawan, Putrajaya pada 26-29 Oktober 2015 dan 16 November 2015.
Pendengaran awam tersebut telah dipengerusikan secara bersama oleh YA Datuk Yaacob bin Haji Md. Sam (Pengerusi EAIC) dan tiga Pesuruhjaya EAIC iaitu Dato’ Sri Robert Jacob Ridu, Encik Vinayak Prabhakar Pradhan dan Puan Leong May Chan dibantu oleh tiga perunding (consultant) iaitu Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Jamil bin Johari (Mantan Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara), Profesor Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Sharifah Hapsah binti Syed Hasan Shahabudin (Mantan Naib Canselor Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) dan Encik Lim Chee Wee (Mantan Presiden Majlis Peguam Malaysia). Sesi pendengaran awam turut dihadiri oleh peguam pemerhati iaitu daripada Majlis Peguam Malaysia, peguam yang mewakili keluarga si mati serta wakil daripada PDRM. Sesi pendengaran awam turut dibuka kepada wakil media dan orang awam.

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