BY R. NADESWARAN
ON Friday, a nine-page statement from the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) was emailed to the media. It was no ordinary release as it outlined some serious shortcomings in our crime management system.
While previous cases of police brutality and custody deaths were pooh-poohed and brushed away, this time around, it was a comprehensive, detailed and analytical declaration on the death of one Syed Mohd Azlan Syed Mohamed Nur.
Investigations found attempts to get evidence by interrogating the 25-year-old resulted in 61 separate injuries on various parts of his body.
The police officers involved, the statement said, engaged in a “serious breach” of standard operating procedures on handling of detainees, material seizure, and the integrity of statements.
“There was an element of crime in the attacks involving common intent or abetment by police officers, including the arresting team, to use physical violence on the deceased to cause death or injury,” the statement added.
Read with the report by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), the EAIC statement is damning indeed. Read more