Independent Body To Probe Death Of Youth

Posted: January 22, 2009 in Malaysia
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The police should arrange for an independent body to probe the death of a youth while in police custody at the USJ 8 police station in Subang Jaya yesterday, said Kapar Member of Parliament S. Manikavasagam to Berita Nasional Malaysia(BERNAMA).

He said the death of A. Kuhan, 23, while at the police station had raised many questions which demanded an independent probe be conducted.

He told this to reporters after lodging a police report on the youth’s death at the Subang Jaya police headquarters at 4pm today.

The victim’s father, who only wanted to be known as Ananthan and had accompanied Manikavasagam in making the report, said his son’s seven-day remand into a luxury car theft investigation was supposed to have ended today.

‘We believe there was foul play in my son’s death as there were signs of torture on his body. It has been reported he died of asthma but he never suffered from it,’ he said.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said police were conducting a thorough probe into Kuhan’s death.

‘A post-mortem is due to be done today. It will be able to tell us the exact cause of his death,’ he said.

Khalid also said he received reports that some youths had barged into the Serdang Hospital mortuary where his body was kept to take photographs.

‘I cannot understand how the hospital could have allowed this before a post-mortem was done,’ he said.

He said the victim was nabbed by police in front of a condominium in Puchong on Jan 15 and a scuffle had taken place between him and policemen when the arrest was made,

‘Following his arrest police recovered 15 luxury cars that had been stolen, two at the condominium and the rest at a warehouse in Puchong,’ he said, adding that police investigations, however, revealed that Kuhan did not have a past criminal record.

He added that police were tracking down an accomplice of Kuhan who managed to escape when Kuhan was being arrested.

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