High Court upholds verdict police beatings led to Karuna Nithi’s death

Source: Malaysiakini

The High Court in Seremban has upheld a coroner’s court’s open verdict that police detainee P Karuna Nithi’s death was due to beatings by police and other detainees.

Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin rejected the judicial review application filed by the government, saying there is no ground to overturn the coroner’s findings.

“This judgement is made after reviewing the inquest record proceedings, as well as taking into consideration the arguments made by the lawyer representing the victim’s family, as well as the lawyer representing the Bar Council.

“I also reviewed and studied the relevant case facts and found that there is no ground to nullify the judgement made by the coroner’s court in the inquest two years ago,” Muhammad Jamil was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times. Read more

Coroner’s verdict on cause of detainee death must be upheld, says lawyer

Source: The Malaysian Insight

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

THE Seremban High Court must uphold the coroner’s court verdict that the death of engineer P. Karuna Nithi, who died in police custody, was caused by multiple injuries, said Eric Paulsen of Lawyers for Liberty.

Paulsen, who is representing the family of the deceased, said the coroner’s court in April last year did not err in rejecting the post mortem report of pathologist Dr Sharifah Safoorah Syed Alwee Al’ Aldrus.

“This is because she (Dr Sharifah) had displayed numerous flaws in her examination and the manner in which she conducted the post mortem.

“In her post mortem report she admitted that Karuna’s liver disease was mild and his fatty liver condition was not serious. So how did he die?” he told The Malaysian Insight. Read more

A-G applies to reopen custodial death inquest, 5 months after verdict

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Lawyer Eric Paulsen, who is representing the family of the deceased P. Karuna Nithi, says a deputy public prosecutor had written to Coroner Datuk Jagjit Singh to reopen the inquest. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 1, 2015.

Lawyer Eric Paulsen, who is representing the family of the deceased P. Karuna Nithi, says a deputy public prosecutor had written to Coroner Datuk Jagjit Singh to reopen the inquest. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 1, 2015.

The Attorney-General (A-G) has made an application to continue with an inquest to determine the cause of the death of an unemployed man who was detained at the Tampin district police headquarters in Negri Sembilan two years ago.

Lawyer Eric Paulsen, who represented the family of the deceased P. Karuna Nithi, said a deputy public prosecutor (DPP) had written to Coroner Datuk Jagjit Singh to reopen the inquest.

“The DPP who assisted the coroner in the inquest has indicated he would bring more witnesses,” Paulsen told The Malaysian Insider.

The matter has been fixed for mention in Seremban on Friday.

Paulsen said it was surprising for the DPP to reopen the case, five months after Jagjit had ruled that policemen and inmates were responsible for Karuna Nithi’s death. Read more