Suhakam to probe inmate’s death at Bentong prison

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has opened investigations into the death of Mariappan Manivannan at the Bentong prison in Pahang.

Suhakam commissioner Gerald Joseph said the commission began its investigation a day after he died on June 6.

“From what I heard from the family, there was no indication of abuse but the issue here is negligence.

“There are serious issues at stake. Why must someone die in our penal system?

“In Malaysia, no one should die for any reason except natural causes. I think, in this case, the death could have been prevented,” he said today after meeting Mariappan’s family members, led by the stepfather, Ayyakanu Sinnasamy, 45. Read more

No signs of abuse, but cops accused of negligence in Thanabalan’s death

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Thanabalan Subramaniam, 38, was arrested late last month outside a school in Kapar, died in custody 20 days later. His family was told that he died of a heart attack. Image from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The post-mortem on Thanabalan Subramaniam, who died in police custody, could not confirm the cause of death but there were no signs that he was subject to any physical abuse, says incumbent Kapar MP G Manivannan.

Speaking to FMT, Manivannan said tissue and blood samples had been taken for further analysis to determine the cause of death.

Yesterday, Selangor police said they suspected that the centralised lock-up where the 38-year-old Thanabalan was being held had been contaminated by an infection.

“However, I believe there is an element of medical negligence on the part of the police as they should have ensured that Thanabalan received medical attention quickly,” Manivannan said.

Thanabalan, who was allegedly detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or Sosma, died at Hospital Shah Alam on Tuesday after being rushed there from the Shah Alam police headquarters where he had been held for some 20 days.

His death led to questions by civil society groups on the police’s commitment to putting an end to custodial deaths. Read more

Police want ‘screening’ at lock-up, hospital after custodial death

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Police have requested a “screening” at Hospital Shah Alam and the Shah Alam police headquarters following the death of driving instructor Thanabalan Subramaniam in police custody last night.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said the screening would be conducted by the hospital as police suspected the centralised lock-up was contaminated by an infection.

He did not reject the possibility of Thanabalan, who was allegedly detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act or Sosma, having fallen victim to the infection.

“However, the cause of the death will be determined by an autopsy, which will be done today,” he said when contacted by FMT. Read more

Man allegedly nabbed under Sosma dies in police custody

Thanabalan Subramaniam, 38, was arrested late last month outside a school in Kapar, died in custody 20 days later. His family was told that he died of a heart attack. Image from FMT News.

SHAH ALAM: A 38-year-old man from Kapar who was arrested by the police 20 days ago has died in custody.

According to family members, driving instructor Thanabalan Subramaniam was arrested in front of SJK (C) Soo Jin on March 29, while sending one of his children to school.

Last night, his family received a phone call from the police informing them that Thanabalan had passed away after a heart attack.

Speaking to FMT at the Shah Alam Hospital, family members claimed police told them that Thanabalan was detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or Sosma.

“We could not see him after he was arrested, supposedly because he was detained under Sosma,” said one family member. Read more

Rule of Law : Police Accountability and The Way Forward

Source: Eliminating Deaths And Abuse In Custody Together – EDICT

Taken from EDICT’s Facebook Page

A public forum discussing on specific topic on police accountability and what it is related to the rules of law in our country.

This forum is co-organised by EDICT, SUARAM, ALIRAN & Penang State Task Force on Deaths in Custody.

The forum will be officiated by YB Prof Ramasamy,
Deputy Chief Minister 1, Penang

Speakers-
Dr. Prema Devaraj (ALIRAN)
M.Visvanathan (EDICT)
Khalid Ismath (PSM)

Moderator:
Yohendra (EDICT)

Renewed calls for IPCMC after failure to stop custodial deaths

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Civil society groups have renewed calls for the government to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), calling the current Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) an organisation without “bite”.

In a public forum organised by the Bar Council Task Force on IPCMC today and in collaboration with several other human rights groups at the Bar Council’s new headquarters near Dataran Merdeka, they insisted that the EAIC had failed to stop deaths in custody.

Other participants included representatives from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), National Human Rights Society (Hakam), the Promotion of Human Rights Malaysia (Proham), and Eliminating Deaths and Abuse in Custody Together (EDICT). Read more

Lawyers renew call for special commission on police misconduct

Source: Free Malaysia Today 

EDICT spokesman M. Visvanathan — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers and rights activists have again called for a special commission to address police misconduct, in the wake of the confirmation that police were to blame for the death in custody of S Balamurugan last year.

They said that only an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) can address the issue.

Lawyer M Visvanathan said no suspects should die in lock-ups during an investigation, as they are innocent until proven guilty in court.

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MoH: Custodial medical unit to eventually be extended to smaller lockups, immigration depots

Source: Malay Mail Online

View from outside a prison

The CMU will first be implemented at the Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur centralised lockup before it is extended to other lockups. — Picture by Suhakam via Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — The proposed custodial medical unit (CMU) at centralised lockups will eventually be extended to smaller lockups throughout the country, Deputy Health Director-General (Medical) Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran has said.

Dr Jeyaindran, who is in charge of medical services said that as a start, resident doctors will be placed at centralised lockups round-the-clock and eventually it will be extended to smaller lockups, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lockups as well as Immigration detention centres.

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Minister’s Delay Resulted in Judge Having No Choice but to Sentence A. Sargunan and 4 others to Death — Charles Hector

BY CHARLES HECTOR, for and on behalf of MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture)

All 39B(Drug Trafficking) Trials Should Be Suspended until New Law Comes into Force

MADPET(Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) is appalled by the delay of  the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2017 coming into force which will mean that persons now being convicted by Courts for drug trafficking  will still be subjected to the mandatory death penalty and not enjoy the possibility of  avoiding the death penalty. The proposed amendment to the law, when it comes into force, will only apply to cases where persons facing trial is yet to be convicted. Therefore, justly all drug trafficking case trials must not continue until the new law is in force. The Minister’s delay has already cost at least 5 persons to be convicted to death.

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