Custodial death victim’s kin demands inquest


Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lawyer for Liberty, Eric Paulsen. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — Vickraman Devid’s family called today for an inquest into the man’s death under police custody at the Shah Alam court complex.

Vickraman’s family lawyers said that the post mortem had stated the 37-year-old’s cause of death as “non compaction cardiomyopathy”, but noted that Vickraman does not have a history of heart-related illnesses according to his family.

“As this is a custodial death which would mean that an inquest is mandatory under the Criminal Procedure Code, we call upon the Coroner or the Public Prosecutor to immediately commence an inquest proceeding so as to be determine the manner in which Vickraman had died in custody and as to whether his death was accelerated by any unlawful acts or omissions by any persons.

“Further, there are serious question marks over the events leading to his death and also the cause of death, as an adult person without any known or history of life threatening diseases should not normally collapse and die after a couple of days in detention,” lawyers Eric Paulsen and Melissa Sasidaran said in a statement.

According to the lawyers, Shah Alam police told Vickraman’s family that he had collapsed while in the court lockup at the Shah Alam court complex last Thursday but the man, suspected of trespassing into a house, was deemed well enough to continue with the remand hearing.

However, he purportedly collapsed again after the hearing and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The government told Parliament last March that there have been 1,654 death in custody cases from 2010 until February this year.