Will EAIC recommendations make a difference?

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PUTRAJAYA: Tomorrow, another two reports investigating deaths in police custody will be released by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) but will the recommendations make any difference?

In April 2016, the EAIC made many recommendations involving the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of several government bodies following its public inquiry into the death of 32-year-old N. Dharmendran at the KL police headquarters lockup in 2013.

The public will know on Thursday (Jan 18) whether those recommendations were implemented or ignored.

Soh Kai Chiok, 49, died on Jan 18, 2017, at Triang police station in Bera District, Pahang, and S. Balamurugan, 44, on Feb 7 at North Klang District police headquarters, Selangor. Soh was reported to have stolen some bananas and Balamurugan was a robbery suspect.

Both these deaths occurred between nine and 10 months after the Dharmendran report was released.

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EAIC probes latest death in custody

Source: The Malay Mail Online

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam today proposed that it should be notified of disciplinary action taken by enforcement agencies. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam says the commission has opened investigations on the death of M. Thanaseelan at a police station in Hulu Selangor. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 ― The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) announced today that it has opened investigations on the death of M. Thanaseelan at a police station in Hulu Selangor.

The commission said the case on the 43-year-old man’s death would be investigated if there was misconduct or criminal behaviour by police officers while handling the detainee.

“The EAIC views this incident seriously, which happened following two deaths in police custody: Soh Kai Chiok at IPD Bera, Pahang, on January 18 2017 and S. Balamurugan at IPD Klang Utara on February 8 2017,” EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said in a statement.

The EAIC said its investigators have recorded statements by 53 witnesses in Soh’s case and 47 witnesses in Balamurugan’s case.

“Together with this statement, I call upon and urge all PDRM officers and officials to pay attention, take guidance from and obey the PDRM Lock-Up Management SOP issued by PDRM Bukit Aman on April 21 2014 that comprehensively details the management of detainees at PDRM lock-ups,” said Yaacob, referring to the Royal Malaysia Police with its Bahasa Malaysia initials. Read more

Custodial deaths: Independent commission needed now more than ever

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PETALING JAYA: In light of the recent deaths of two persons in police custody, DAP has vowed to continue pushing for the “much delayed” establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) when Parliament reconvenes next month.

In a statement, DAP vice-chairman M Kula Segaran said a responsible Cabinet could and must not treat police custodial deaths as a trivial matter.

“Every human life is important and not a mere statistic when it is lost.”

He added that the Cabinet must exercise political will to set up the IPCMC to prevent more deaths in custody.

S Balamurugan, 44, was arrested on Feb 6 and found dead in the early hours of Feb 8 at the North Klang district police headquarters.

On Jan 15, a detainee named Soh Kai Chiok died in the Bera district police headquarters lock-up.

Kula went on to note that last month, the High Court ruled that lorry driver P Chandran had died in custody in 2012 because the police had failed to observe Lock-Up Rules 1953.

He also quoted Human Rights Commission of Malaysia statistics showing 242 had died in police custody since 2000. Read more

EAIC initiates probe into Bera police detainee’s death

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EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said that deaths in police custody should not happen as they tarnish the integrity and credibility of the authority.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) announced today it has formed a task force to investigate the lock-up death of an alleged banana thief at the Bera district police headquarters in Pahang.

Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said the investigation was to see if the police had mishandled the detention procedures for Soh Kai Chiok, 49, resulting in his death.

“The individual[s] found responsible for wrongdoings will also be made known,” Yaacob said in a statement.

He also said the EAIC viewed such matters seriously, adding that deaths in police custody should not happen as they tarnish the integrity and credibility of the authority.

He also urged authorities with lock-up cells not to take the detaining process of wrongdoers lightly and to adopt the improvement steps drafted by the commission.

Soh reportedly died on Wednesday from inflammation of the intestine while under police custody. Read more

Inflammation of intestine caused detainee’s death at Bera police lock-up

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The human rights commission previously said in its report on deaths in detentions released today that two-thirds of detainees with health problems interviewed were denied medical attention, as the police did not believe that they were genuinely ill. — AFP pic

The human rights commission previously said in its report on deaths in detentions released in April 2016 that two-thirds of detainees with health problems interviewed were denied medical attention, as the police did not believe that they were genuinely ill. — AFP pic

KUANTAN, Jan 19 — The cause of death of a detainee at the Bera District Police Headquarters (IPD) lock-up near here yesterday has been confirmed to be inflammation of the intestine which he was believed to have suffered for a long time.

Bera District Police Chief DSP Mansor Samsudin said results of the post-mortem conducted on Soh Kai Chiok, 49, at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh near here found ulcers the size of a 50-sen coin in his intestine.

“The police are conducting an investigation into his death and looking for his medical records besides getting information from his close kin,” he said when contacted here today. Read more

Prisoner dies in Bera police lock-up

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The human rights commission previously said in its report on deaths in detentions released today that two-thirds of detainees with health problems interviewed were denied medical attention, as the police did not believe that they were genuinely ill. — AFP pic

The human rights commission previously said in its report on deaths in detentions released in April 2016 that two-thirds of detainees with health problems interviewed were denied medical attention, as the police did not believe that they were genuinely ill. — AFP pic

KUANTAN, Jan 18 — A detainee at the lock-up of the Bera district police headquarters (IPD) was found unconscious before being pronounced dead early this morning.

Bera district police chief DSP Mansor Samsudin said the guard at the police headquarters men’s lock-up found the victim, Soh Kai Chiok, 49, unconsciousness and was pronounced dead at 12.15am.

However, Mansor said initial investigations showed the man’s death was not linked to any criminal elements based on the closed-circuit television (CCTV) recording.

“There were no fights in the lock-up because when the victim was in the lock-up the place was under 24-hour CCTV surveillance,” he told Bernama tonight.

In this regard, he urged the public not to speculate on the case because it could interfere with ongoing investigations. Read more