Man dies in police custody at Bukit Sentosa lock-up

Source: The Star Online

Police lock up - file pic taken from The Star

Police lock up – file pic taken from The Star

HULU SELANGOR: A man died while in police custody at the Bukit Sentosa lock-up here, just over two weeks after a similar death occurred at the North Klang police headquarters.

A sentry found Thanaseelan Muniandy, 43, unconscious in his cell at about 1.50am Saturday and alerted the officer manning the information counter at the Bukit Sentosa station.

Hulu Selangor OCPD Supt R. Supramaniam said the constable then informed the Bukit Sentosa chief of the situation and was instructed to contact Hospital Kuala Kubu Baru.

“An ambulance arrived and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

“He was sent to Hospital Sungai Buloh for a post-mortem scheduled to be held on Monday,” he added.

Supt Supramaniam said Thanaseelan was under court remand from Feb 22 until Feb 25 for burglary. Read more

Malaysian Bar renews call for IPCMC after Balamurugan’s custodial death

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Counsel N. Surendran speaks to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic

Counsel N. Surendran speaks to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — The Malaysian Bar demanded today for the establishment of the long-proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) after the latest death in custody case.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru expressed outrage that none of the police officers at the North Klang district police headquarters, who are under investigation over S. Balamurugan’s death, have been suspended or arrested after a second autopsy purportedly confirmed that the 44-year-old had suffered multiple beatings in police custody.

“The IPCMC is a crucial first step, and the only way in which the rogue elements in the police force can be identified, isolated and held accountable for their misconduct and criminal acts,” Steven said in a statement. Read more

Custodial deaths: Independent commission needed now more than ever

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: In light of the recent deaths of two persons in police custody, DAP has vowed to continue pushing for the “much delayed” establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) when Parliament reconvenes next month.

In a statement, DAP vice-chairman M Kula Segaran said a responsible Cabinet could and must not treat police custodial deaths as a trivial matter.

“Every human life is important and not a mere statistic when it is lost.”

He added that the Cabinet must exercise political will to set up the IPCMC to prevent more deaths in custody.

S Balamurugan, 44, was arrested on Feb 6 and found dead in the early hours of Feb 8 at the North Klang district police headquarters.

On Jan 15, a detainee named Soh Kai Chiok died in the Bera district police headquarters lock-up.

Kula went on to note that last month, the High Court ruled that lorry driver P Chandran had died in custody in 2012 because the police had failed to observe Lock-Up Rules 1953.

He also quoted Human Rights Commission of Malaysia statistics showing 242 had died in police custody since 2000. Read more

Court orders second post mortem in custodial death case

Source: FMT News

S Balamurugan's remains will be sent to Hospital KL from Klang hospital, where first post mortem results stated he died due to a heart problem. Pic form FMT News.

S Balamurugan’s remains will be sent to Hospital KL from Klang hospital, where first post mortem results stated he died due to a heart problem. Pic form FMT News.

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here today ordered a second post mortem to be conducted on S Balamurugan, who died in police custody on Feb 8.

Justice Azman Husin allowed the application by Balamurugan’s younger brother, Balraj, to have the second post mortem carried out on the remains.

Deputy public prosecutor Fakhizaa Abu Bakar did not object to the application.

With the court order, Balamurugan’s remains will now be transferred from Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) for the second post mortem, as per the application by Balraj. Read more

EAIC: Revised police lock-up rules ignored

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Police lock-up rules were revised in 2014 to prevent custodial deaths but the rank and file are oblivious to them, says EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam.

EAIC is the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission which monitors misconduct allegations against enforcement agencies.

The commission’s inspections following the two custodial deaths this year found those manning lock-ups were still relying on old procedures, said Yaacob.

The inspections were done at the Bera (Pahang) and Klang (North) district police headquarters.

 When asked which of the rules policemen were unaware of, he said “all”. Read more

Injured inmate: Finish probe first, says Ramasamy

Source: FMT News

P Ramasamy - Pic from FMT News

P Ramasamy – Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Penang police have jumped the gun by claiming the injuries sustained by prisoner Chandran Muniandy are due to a fall, said P Ramasamy.

The Penang deputy chief minister II said police should complete their investigations first before attempting to explain to the public what they believed had happened to 42-year-old Chandran.

It is for this reason too that Ramasamy refused to accept the “simple and premature” explanation they provided, adding that he would “discuss with his lawyers to make sure the family got the truth”.

“Some things the police said did not make sense,” he told FMT.

“For example, police said that Chandran’s missing toenails were removed because he had a skin disease. But I spoke to his mother and she said he didn’t have any disease.” Read more

Another prisoner abuse allegation

Source: FMT News

Picture of Chandran Muniandy taken from FMT News

Picture of Chandran Muniandy taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Another allegation of abuse of a detainee under the authorities’ custody has surfaced, barely a week after the custodial death of S Balamurugan.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said a prisoner of Sungai Jawi prison in the state was admitted into the intensive care unit of Seberang Jaya government hospital on Feb 8 from severe head and leg injuries.

Chandran Muniandy, 42, was also found to have several of his toe nails completely removed, said Ramasamy when contacted today.

“Unless he can feel absolutely no pain, there is no way he could have pulled his toenails on his own,” Ramasamy said. Read more

Detainee’s family wants authorities to classify Klang custodial death as murder

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lawyer N Surendran. — MMO file pic

Lawyer N Surendran. — MMO file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 — The custodial death of S Balamurugan should be classified as murder and investigated immediately, lawyer for the victim’s family demanded today.

N Surendran and Latheefa Koya who are representing Balamurugan’s family also said there is no need for an inquest as the 44-year-old died while under police custody at its North Klang headquarters earlier this week instead of being released immediately according to a magistrate’s order when a remand application was rejected.

“In view of the clear facts, there is no need for any inquest to be held into Balamurugan’s death. Instead, there should be a swift criminal investigation and consequent prosecutions,” they said in a joint statement.

“Whilst section 334 of the CPC states that a Magistrate must hold an inquiry in cases of death in custody, section 333(3) provides that an inquest becomes unnecessary once criminal proceeding are instituted,” the lawyers added, referring to the Criminal Procedure Code. Read more

Death in custody: More than 10 policemen under investigation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File picture shows a mock-up of a Smart lockup on display at the Royal Malaysian Police booth during the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference at PWTC. ― Malay Mail pic

File picture shows a mock-up of a Smart lockup on display at the Royal Malaysian Police booth during the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference at PWTC. ― Malay Mail pic

KLANG, Feb 10 — More than 10 policemen at the North Klang district police headquarters are under investigation over the death of a man in police custody last Tuesday.

North Klang police chief ACP Mohd Yusoff Mamat said however, none of the policemen had been suspended as investigations were ongoing.

He said claims by certain quarters that there were bruises and injuries on the body of S. Balamurugan, 44, should not arise until the autopsy report was released from the hospital.

“We are waiting for the results of the autopsy which is expected to be out next week,” he told reporters after a meeting with Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) Commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai here today.

Yesterday, Balamurugan’s family lodged a police report over his death and requested a thorough investigation to identify the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Mah said Suhakam was gathering information from the police to identify any violation of standard operating procedures which might have caused Balamurugan’s death. — Bernama

Custodial death: Suhakam says early checks show cops violated lockup rules

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HAKAM comment: Action is needed to monitor and stem such disregard of rights and violations which continue with impunity. Does the recent string of custodial deaths not warrant a revisit of the call to establish an IPCMC – Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission?

Suhakam chief Tan Sri Razali Ismail — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said a four-man team from the human rights commission had visited the site where a 44-year-old detainee had died under questionable circumstances in a North Klang police lockup. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — Officers at the North Klang police headquarters had shown a disregard for due process and lockup rules, a team from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) found in its preliminary investigation into the custodial death of S. Bala Murugan.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said today a four-man team led by Commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai that had visited the site where the 44-year-old detainee had died last week under questionable circumstances.

“Suhakam notes that the deceased was detained in a place which is not a gazetted place of lock up, and an application for extension of remand to the Magistrate by the police was rejected.

“Suhakam’s preliminary observations indicate due process violations, and disregard for lock up rules,” he said in a statement.

He added that Bala remained in custody even after the magistrate ordered for his immediate release and as such died while under police care.

However, Razali noted that the police have denied any wrongdoing on their part and the post-mortem report is not yet available. Read more