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

At AGM, lawyers to push for charging dishonest cops who cover up custodial deaths

Source: The Malay Mail Online

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru - Picture by MMO/Saw Siow Feng

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru – Picture by MMO/Saw Siow Feng

Also calling for an IPCMC to be set up is Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru, who in his proposed motion noted that questionable deaths in police custody, unlawful fatal police shooting and police brutality on detainees continue to occur.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — Police officers who dishonestly seek to hide their colleagues’ torture and murder of detainees should be prosecuted instead of being protected or disciplined internally, lawyers have proposed.

In a proposed motion for the Malaysian Bar’s 71st annual general meeting (AGM) to be held  tomorrow, the lawyers said prosecuting these alleged “bad” officers was necessary to both protect the police’s integrity and to serve as deterrent to other police officers, enforcement officers and prosecutors.

They noted that those involved in the country’s administration of justice — such as the police, enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges — are expected to have “honesty and integrity”.

“As such, when the police has been found to be wrongly and dishonestly tampering with evidence and records, and/or involved in actions of ‘cover-ups’, these actions cannot be tolerated.

“The failure of police officers to report wrongdoings and/or crimes of their fellow police officers also cannot be tolerated,” the March 10 motion proposed jointly by Malaysian Bar members Charles Hector Fernandez, Francis Pereira, Shanmugam Ramasamy.

“There is a need to weed out such ‘bad’ and/or dishonest police officers, and it is also important that such police officers not be ‘protected’, but be charged and tried in a court of law,” they added. Read more

Suaram kecam penahanan semula remaja terlibat kes Balamurugan

Source: FMT News

Kumpulan hak asasi manusia itu berkata reman lanjutan 2 remaja adalah satu percubaan menutup mulut mereka berkaitan kematian Balamurugan. Pic dari FMT News.

Kumpulan hak asasi manusia itu berkata reman lanjutan 2 remaja adalah satu percubaan menutup mulut mereka berkaitan kematian Balamurugan. Pic dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) membidas penahanan semula 2 remaja berkaitan kes S Balamurugan, menyifatkan lanjutan penahanan itu sebagai cubaan menutup mulut kemungkinan saksi kematian Balamurugan.

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Pengarah Eksekutif Suaram Sevan Doraisamy berkata lanjutan reman juga menggambarkan polis sebagai sebuah institusi yang “membenarkan keganasan dalam tahanan dan melindungi orang yang membunuh tahanan”.

Remaja berkenaan, Kanapathy Perathapan dan Ang Kian Kok, kedua-duanya berusia 16 tahun itu ditahan bersama Balamurugan pada 6 Feb. Pada 8 Feb, Balamurugan ditemui mati di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Klang Utara.

Menurut peguamnya, pada pendengaran reman pada 7 Feb, Balamurugan dalam lemah dan tidak dapat berjalan, mempunyai kesan lebam di mukanya, keluar darah dari hidung dan mulutnya serta muntah darah. Peguamnya berkata Balamurugan diserang polis. Read more

Second autopsy shows Balamurugan beaten in police custody, lawyers say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File photo of counsel N. Surendran (left) speaking to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic

File photo of counsel N. Surendran (left) speaking to the family of S. Balamurugan at the High Court in Shah Alam February 15, 2017. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — A second autopsy on S. Balamurugan’s body confirmed he had suffered multiple beatings in police custody, which his family’s lawyers said had triggered heart failure.

N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya said that the autopsy at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) found that Balamurugan died due to a “coronary artery disease with multiple blunt force injuries”.

“The deceased suffered multiple injuries to various parts of the body including the chest, head, legs and back which triggered heart failure,” they said in a statement. 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

Family sends memo to cops over Bala’s death

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: There was a little drama when the family of S. Bala Murugan showed up at Bukit Aman with several Opposition politicians.

The group showed up at around 11.20am yesterday to hand over a memorandum to the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to seek justice for Bala who died in police custody last week.

However, they were unhappy that only an inspector was there to meet them. While Bala’s wife and daughter stood silent, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Batu MP Tian Chua and former Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam demanded to see a senior officer. Read more

New findings show it’s time for arrests, say Balamurugan lawyers

Source: FMT News

Second autopsy shows he suffered multiple injuries, which triggered heart failure, while he was in police custody. Pic taken from FMT News.

Second autopsy shows he suffered multiple injuries, which triggered heart failure, while he was in police custody. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A second post mortem on S Balamurugan, 44, who died in police custody, has confirmed that he suffered “multiple beatings” while in custody, say his family’s lawyers.

In a statement, lawyers N Surendran and Latheefa Koya said results of the second post mortem carried out by Hospital Kuala Lumpur pathologists showed Balamurugan suffered multiple injuries to the chest, head, legs and back, which triggered a heart failure.

Based on the findings, the lawyers called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of all police personnel who were involved in Balamurugan’s assault.

He died in police custody on Feb 8 in the North Klang police station, and according to news reports he was found with his face badly swollen and bleeding.

The first post mortem carried out at the Klang Hospital indicated that he died of “heart problems”. His family requested a second post mortem and this was granted by the Shah Alam High Court. Read more

Mechanic alleges police brutality, contemplates suing

Source: FMT News

File pic -- FMT News

File pic — FMT News

ALOR SETAR: A mechanic is contemplating legal action against the police after alleging he was severely beaten up by a group of policemen early last month.

Muhammad Zul Farhan Zulkifli, 23, said the incident occurred on Nov 6 at about 3.30pm when he was painting his motorcycle at a house in Taman Awana near here.

Upon being approached by a group of men, he and two friends panicked and fled the scene until the group introduced themselves as policemen.

Later giving up to the police, Muhammad Zul Farhan alleged he was handcuffed, beaten up and trampled upon by them while taken in a van to the Kota Setar police headquarters.

Speaking at his home in Alor Merah here today, he said the policemen told him he had been arrested in connection with a robbery and was asked to confess to the crime.

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