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Violence and Death at the Hands of the Police
DHARMENDRAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN POLICE CUSTODY.
28 April 2016
Malay Mail Online
After incriminating report, DPM says will review Dharmendran case
PUTRAJAYA, April 28 — Several government agencies will re-examine the custodial death of N. Dharmendran after the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) concluded that he was beaten to death, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
Ahmad Zahid rejected, however, the commission’s call for the Penal Code and Evidence Act 1950 to be reviewed after it concluded that the police personnel involved allegedly tampered with evidence in order to mask the incident.
“We will conduct an investigation with the cooperation of the Prisons Department, the Health Ministry and the police to see what aspects of the case warrant legal action against those involved,” he told reporters here today.
Dharmendran’s death took place while he was under remand at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters’ lockup facility, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM.)
Attempts by Malay Mail Online to clarify Zahid’s statement regarding the Prisons Department were unsuccessful.
Malay Mail Online
KL police chief keeps mum on Dharmendran EAIC report, cites ongoing murder trial
KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 ― Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Amar Singh declined comment today on the damning report by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) that held the police responsible for N. Dharmendran’s death in custody, citing the ongoing murder trial over the detainee’s death.
“It’s not proper for me to say anything; the case is still pending,” Amar, who was appointed KL police chief in March 2016, told Malay Mail Online.
The EAIC, a body that oversees the police and other enforcement agencies, published its report today on the violent death of Dharmendran while he was detained at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters in May 2013.
The report concluded that Dharmendran was beaten and tortured to death and had his ears stapled while being interrogated by police officers. He had been detained over a shooting in Bandar Tun Razak.
The EAIC also recommended charges against six police officers for allegedly falsifying and tampering with evidence, three of whom are among the four charged with the murder of Dharmendran.
When contacted, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Malay Mail Online to pose questions at a press conference.
EAIC: Cops tortured Dharmendran by stapling ears moments before death | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online via /r/malays…
PUTRAJAYA, April 28 ― Staple wounds found on the ears of N. Dharmendran prove that he was tortured by police officers while being interrogated, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) said today.
EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam also rubbished the police’s claim that the staples had ended up on Dharmendran’s ears in the process of wrapping up and transferring his body after he died.
“This is a totally illogical, unreasonable explanation,” Yaacob said of the police’s theory of how the victim’s ears had staples embedded in them during a press conference at the EAIC headquarters today.
Yaacob explained that the pathologist report found that both his right and left ears which were stapled had blood stains on them, making it impossible for it to have occurred after Dharmendran’s death.
“This shows that his ears were stapled when he was alive. It rules out that the staples were made after his death or at the mortuary,” he said.
While conceding that the stapling of the victim’s ears was not the cause of death, Yaacob said that the injury on top of the other 52 bruises from blunt force trauma inflicted by the police eventually led to his death.
“A total of 52 bruises on the deceased caused by a blunt force object (blunt force trauma) causing acute massive loss of blood into the tissues causing hypovolemic shock,” he said, referencing the pathologist report from the Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s Forensic Department.
Yaacob also said that the police officers’ procrastination in interrogating the victim, having only begun the process two days before the week-long remand was set to expire, also forced them to use physical abuse.
“The commission is of the view that with the short period of remand left (in this case the deceased’s remand was due to expire in two days’ time) has placed the Project Team in the ‘last ditch’ situation in obtaining information from the deceased, resulted to the use of force on the deceased,” he said, explaining that the police had Dharmendran detained from May 13 until the day of his death on May 21, but only began interrogating him on May 19.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 18:01
Caught lying about the cause of Dharmendran’s death: CID chief Ku Chin Wah in hot soup?
Written by Lawyers for Liberty
The family of Dhamendran (a death in custody victim), accompanied by LFL lawyers will be handing over a disciplinary complaint (aduan tatatertib) against Datuk Ku Chin Wah, Head of the Kuala Lumpur Crime Investigation Department tomorrow.
This complaint will be filed because of a misleading statement made by Datuk Ku Chin Wah in a press conference dated 22 May 2013 regarding the circumstances of Dhamendran’s death. Datuk Ku had claimed that Dhamendran complained of chest pains, was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead on arrival at 9pm, in spite of clear signs of physical torture inflicted on Dhamendran’s body and a postmortem report confirming such violence.
Lawyer G. Sivamalar will be present.
Date: Thursday, 13 June 2013 (Tomorrow)
Venue: Bukit Aman
Lawyers for Liberty
WHO IS THE 4TH COP INVOLVED IN THE MURDER OF DHARMENDRAN?
The police must release the photo and identity of the missing police officer, the fourth suspect in the death-in-custody case of N Dhamendran, said the DAP’s Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
Lim added that this would enable the public to help the police in tracking down the suspect, who is said to be an inspector.
“The Oriental Daily News yesterday reported that police in Shah Alam had held a press conference to reveal the photographs, names and addresses of three suspects in a murder case.
“So I urge the police to do the same in the case of N Dhamendran by publishing the police officer’s photo in all the newspapers.
“The photo, name, and address of the inspector should also be displayed at all police stations in Malaysia as he is now a wanted man.”
Lim (second from left) said this after lodging a police report at the Jinjang police station this morning.
Three police personnel, a sergeant and two corporals, were charged with the murder of police detainee Dhamendran, who was found dead in lockup last May 22.
The accused, Jaffri Jaafar, 44, Mohd Nahar Abd Rahman, 45, and Mohd Haswadi Zamri Shaari, 32, are charged with committing the offence between 12.20pm and 2.50pm on May 21, 2013, at the Special Investigations Division (D9), Level 7 of the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters.
However, the fourth suspect went missing and so was not able to be charged alongside the others.
Should they fail to publish the suspect’s photo, Lim stressed that the police force will appear bias in cases involving one of their own.
Unmask fourth cop in Dhamendran’s murder, DAP MP demands
By Md Izwan
June 12, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 ― DAP’s Lim Lip Eng today pressed the police force to disclose the identity of the fourth suspect, a policeman, in the murder case of N. Dhamendran who died last month in custody.
The Segambut MP urged the police to display the name and face of the suspect, who is believed to hold the rank of Inspector, in newspapers and other media, as well as police stations nationwide.
“Another suspect in the Dhamendran case is still at large and cannot be found.
“I made a police report today to urge the authorities to place the photograph and name of the suspect in all newspapers, besides displaying it at all the police stations all over the country,” Lim said in a press conference after lodging the police report at the Jinjang Utara police station here.
According to Lim, his demand was not hard to carry out as the police always did the same when hunting for criminals. He added that a failure to do so would be proof that the police are not conducting their investigations fairly.
“If (they) fail to do so, it means that the police is not transparent and fair in investigations,” he added.
I remember seeing these 3 cops at the lockup when I visited Dharmendran – widow
Three cops charged with murdering Dharmendran.
They are Jaffri Jaafar, 44, Mohd Nahar Abd Rahman, 45, and Mohd Haswadi Zamri Shaari, 32.
Three police personnel were charged in a magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur today with the murder of N Dhamendran while he was being held in their custody.
However, no pleas were recorded from accused Jaffri Jaafar, 44, Mohd Nahar Abd Rahman, 45, and Mohd Haswadi Zamri Shaari, 32.
However, they acknowledged the charge levelled against them in a courtroom packed with family members and relatives of Dhamendran, as well as reporters.
The three policemen were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code with committing murder with joint intent, together with another who is still at large, by causing the death of Dharmendran Narayanasamy.
They are accused of committing the offence between 12.20pm and 2.50pm on May 21, 2013, at the Special Investigations Division (D9), Level 7 of the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters.
The charge, which will be heard in the High Court, carries a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.
Police personnel allegedly involved in the death-in-custody of N Dhamendran will be charged this afternoon with murder.
“Based on the evidence gathered through the investigation, I have decided to proffer a murder charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code against the police personnel involved,” said Attorney-General (AG) Abdul Gani Patail in a statement today.
“The police personnel concerned are to be indicted in court this afternoon.”
The statement did not specify the number of personnel to be charged.
“The AG’s Chambers views this latest incident of a death of a detainee while in the custody of a law enforcement agency seriously, and is committed to dealing with any alleged wrongdoing leading to the death of Dhamendran (right) in accordance with the law,” said Abdul Gani.
Police personnel allegedly involved in the death in custody of N Dhamendran will be suspended from daily duties, said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“It’s in the process,” he answered briefly when asked about the demands for the suspension of the four police personnel who were only reassigned to desk duties following Dhamendran’s death.
Zahid was responding to the call after meeting with Jeremy England, the head of regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross at the ministry in Putrajaya today.
Malaysiakini was barred from covering the event, but was able to obtain a recording of Zahid’s brief interview at thge doorstep to his office.
This is the first time ever that Malaysiakini has been barred from covering a Home Ministry event. Incidentally, the Defence Ministry began barring Malaysiakini from covering its events only after Zahid became defence minister in 2009.
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has shown an “inhumane and irresponsible” attitude towards the death of N Dhamendran in police custody by suggesting that suspending the police personnel involved will demoralise the police force, the DAP says.
Such callous remarks show that Zahid is not fit to be home minister, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in a statement today.
“Zahid is not protecting public safety regardless of who commits crimes, whether it is by lawless criminals or police personnel on duty,” Lim said.
Lim also criticised inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar for being silent about the issue while threatenig to take action against Pakatan Rakyat leaders and citizens who attend peaceful rallies calling for electoral reforms.
Police, Home Minister trying to cover up Dharmendran’s murder – Surendran
I am ashamed to be M’sian, our cops killed my husband – widow
POLICE TORTURE: 52 injury marks on Dharmendran’s body – Surendran
Paul Low’s office ‘misspoke’, says Dharmendran’s family
By Zurairi AR
June 01, 2013
PETALING JAYA, June 1 — The family of N. Dharmendran, who died in police custody last month, denied today that they had misunderstood Datuk Paul Low’s alleged attempt at outreach, saying that his office was the one who “misspoke”.
This follows the newly-minted minister for human rights and integrity’s claim that the family had misunderstood his office’s intention as a government cover-up ploy.
“His people were the one who misspoke, not us who misunderstood,” said Dharmendran’s widow M. Marry here.
The wife of death in custody victim N Dharmendran is upset that the policemen linked to his death have not been suspended, calling for them to be immediately arrested.
“They have murdered my husband. They should be in a lock up, not having a desk jobs. They do not deserve it. By right, they should be hung to death,” said S Marry.
“If the public were to kill someone, would they still be walking free? This is the police committing murder,” said the teary mother of a two-year old son.
Dharmendran’s widow broke down several time during the press conference.
“I feel sad and ashamed as a Malaysian at what they have done to my husband,” said an emotional M Marry.
The summary of the post-mortem report stated that:
1. The body was that if an adult Indian makl positively identified by his father-in-law as the above-named person.
2. There was no significant natural disease found in his body that could have caused or contributed to his death at that particular moment in time.
3. Each of his external ear was still stapled with a metal staple.
4. Postmortem examination revealed he sustained multiple blunt force trauma on his body.
5. These injuries were caused by blunt objects and the wounds were relatively fresh.
6. Some of these injuries showed pattern of double ‘tramline’ pair; pair of superficial punctures within distance of 1 to 1.1cm, handcuff marks, and etc.
7. Internal dissection showed he had diffuse soft tissue injuries with subcutaneous haemorrhage.
8. The subcutaneous haemorrhage was more severe in both should regions, back of thorax and both lower limbs.
9. No defensive wound was identified on the body of the deceased.
10. The overall pattern of these injuries is neither self-inflicted nor accidental in nature.
Saturday, 01 June 2013 10:37
OF TORTURE & PAIN: Dharmendran – 52 injury marks injury inflicted by police interrogators!
Written by Malaysia Chronicle
The full written autopsy report of N Dharmendran, who was beaten to death while in police custody, showed 52 marks of injury indicating severe and prolonged torture – worse even than in the case of car theft suspect A Kugan in 2009.
N Surendran, the lawyer for Dharmendran’s family, exposed the contents of the post-mortem report on Saturday, demanding immediate action to be taken against the 4 cops who had interrogated Dharmendran, who had been remanded for suspected involvement in a fight.
“Four years, I revealed the autopsy report for A Kugan at this very premise. At that point of time, I had hoped I would never have to do it ever again but 4 years later we have another that is just as bad as the Kugan case,” Surendran told a packed press conference held at the PKR headquarters.
OF TORTURE & PAIN: Dharmendran – 52 injury marks injury inflicted by police interrorgators! http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=107791%3Aof-torture-pain-dharmendran-52-marks-of-injury-inflicted-by-his-police-interrorgators&Itemid=2#.UalpX4sFawk.twitter
the conclusion of
#dhamendran death was “diffuse soft tissue injuries due to multiple blunt force trauma” – Dr Siew Sheue Feng, HKL
4) the overall pattern of these injuries is neither self-inflicted nor accidental in nature
3) post moterm examination revealed he sustained multiple blunt force trauma on his body
2)each of his external ear was still stapled with a metal staple
#dhamendran‘s post moterm include1)there was no significant natural disease found in his body tat could hv contributed 2his death
…… The pathologist said “no defensive wound was identified on the body of the deceased”
2) soft tissues on the legs show subcutaneous haemorrhage.
apart from the 52 external injuries sustained by
#dhamendran there was also findings of internal injuries. 1) Blood clot on upper head.
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6) puncture wounds on right and left lower legs, suggested that it was stapler wounds. 7) a haematoma on left half of face
5) multiple “tramline” bruises suggest hit with a “rotan / stick” on back, upper thighs and buttocks.
3) patterned bruises on hip area. 4) bruises on loin, stomach and shoulder. 4) multiple haematoma on chest area
marks of injury on
#dhamendran includes – 1) Staples found on the right & left ear. 2) bruises on abdomen and kidney area.
post moterm report of
#dhamendran found that there were 52 injury marks on his body. This is more the Kugan’s case
@nsurendrann – 31.5 Dr Siew Sheue Feng (pathologist) met with ASP Kamarul Rizal & Maliswaran (father in law of the deceased)
Friday, 31 May 2013 19:49
Horrific autopsy report on Sat: Zahid, Khalid unfit to hold office, Paul Low a disgrace – Surendran
Written by Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle
The family of the late N Dharmendran, who was beaten to death while in police custody, will reveal the full post-mortem report containing “horrific and shocking” details on Saturday, their lawyers told Malaysia Chronicle on Friday.
“Injuries and torture detailed in post-mortem report is horrific and will shock the nation when revealed tomorrow. That no action has been taken 9 days since Dharmendran’s death proves the Inspector General of Police Khalid Bakar and Home Minister Zahid Hamidi are unfit to hold office. Paul Low is a disgrace and laughing stock as a human rights minister,” N Surenrdan, the family’s lawyer, told Malaysia Chronicle.
Surendran will expose the findings of the autopsy at a press conference to be held in the PKR headquarters at 10.30am on Saturday, June 1.
Surendran, who is also the MP for Padang Serai, had just days ago dropped a bombshell, revealing that Paul Low had made contact with his clients and invited them to a secret meeting without the presence of their current lawyers.
While Low, a former president of Transparency International Malaysia, was quick to deny this, insisting that it was the family who misconstrued his motives, the newly-appointed minister drew criticism for U-turning on his previous appeal to the government to form an independent panel, IPCMC, to monitor police conduct as a means to prevent custodial deaths.
“This is hypocritical because Datuk Low had himself criticised the failure of the government to implement the IPCMC as there is already an existing mechanism to lodge complaints against the police is both hypocritical and irresponsible,” DAP sec-gen Lim Guan Eng said in a statement issued on Friday.
“As the then-President of Transparency International Malaysia, Datuk Low told a press conference after presenting the 2009 Global Corruption Report that the watering down of the proposed IPCMC into a special complaints commission ‘strongly indicates the government’s inability to regulate the gatekeepers’.”
Indeed, there is deep public disappointment with Paul Low, who is perceived by many to have ‘sold out’ to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s corruption-tainted government.
As for Zahid, whose credibility is already sagging after several highly-priced procurement deals he pushed through as Defense Minister, calls are growing for him to step down for abuse of power and interfering with police work. Just today, a group of students protested outside his office, lambasting him for using the police as tools for his political purposes.
Newly-appointed IGP Khalid Bakar, who was caught lying over another custodial death case in 2009 involving A Kugan, has not been able to counter the perception that he is just another “subservient catspaw” for Najib and his ruling Umno party. Instead, his recent promotion as the country’s top cop has ony added to this view.
CCTV issue: DAP lodges report against Zahid,ex-IGP
Meanwhile, in the report Lim also asked the police to provide a copy of the CCTV recording of the late N Dharmendran, in the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters lock-up, to the deceased’s family.
He said that the authorities should be frank with the family if they do not have the recording.
“If the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters doesn’t have CCTV, then no need to talk about police stations in rural areas,” he added.
DAP Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng lodged a police report against Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan on their contradictory remarks concerning closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras in police lock-ups.
On May 28 Ahmad Zahid was reported to have said that the ministry is recommending that the cameras be installed in police lock-ups as the recordings can serve as evidence in the event casualties take place.
However, The Sun yesterday reported Musa as saying that the cameras were installed in most police lock-ups but the lack of a maintenance budget had resulted in many malfunctioning.
Hence, Lim lodged a police report in North Jinjiang police station this morning over the two statements.
“So, I ask the police to investigate who is lying on the purpose to confuse the public and jeopardise the security of detainees in police lock-ups,” the police report said. Speaking at a press conference later, Lim showed a parliament written reply provided by former home minister Hishammuddin Hussein to former PKR Kelana Jaya Gwo-Burne Loh, dated Mac 22, 2011.
In the reply, Hishammuddin said that the government was in the process of installing the CCTV cameras in police lock-ups and interrogation rooms.
A total of 827 police stations are spread across the nation, with CCTV cameras installed in 227 lock-ups and 36 interrogation rooms, said Hishammuddin.
In other words, Lim said that there are three different answers provided by the government and police on this issue.
Dharmendran, 32, was an Indah Water employee. The father of a two-year-old daughter was arrested on May 11, several hours after lodging a police report that he was involved in a fight. He was held at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.
What kind of a person was he?
‘Loving husband and son’
Marry told Malaysiakini that Dharmendran was a very loving husband, who would go to great lengths to pamper her, and who loved helping people.
“You’d never find a man like that anywhere. He would visit charity homes on his birthday every year and donate small amounts of money,” Marry said.
Dharmendran was also a filial son, said his father B Narayanasamy who was also present at the interview.
He recounted how attached his son was to him and his mother.
“He would give RM300 to us every month, and call us every week, no matter how busy he was,” Narayanasamy said as he wiped tears from his eyes.
Malaysia police faces abuse coverup charges
INTERVIEW N Dharmendran had willingly lodged a police report at the Pudu police station over his involvement in a fight as he felt he had nothing to fear, his wife S Marry told Malaysiakini in an interview today.
Dharmendran had run into trouble on May 11, when confronted by a long-time rival at a nearby barber shop, who had brought thugs along and a fight occurred, in which Dharmendran was beaten up.
“I am not guilty, so what should I fear?” Marry said her late husband told her over the phone when he went to make a report with the police that same day.
However, after he made his report, Dharmendran was remanded at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters.
He was found dead there on May 22, badly bruised and with metal staples attached to his body.
Since Dharmendran’s arrest on May 11, Marry (left) was not allowed to visit him and not told of her husband’s whereabouts until May 19.
Marry was only informed of his arrest by a police officer in the D9 (serious crime branch) of the KL police headquarters, who allegedly told her to bring along five packets of chicken rice, five cans of 100 Plus and three packets of cigarettes before she was allowed to see her husband.
Upon complying with the demand for food and cigarettes, Marry was allowed to speak to Dharmendran, but she noticed that he was “acting strange”.
“I asked him if the police had hurt him, and for how long until he is released (on bail), but he just sat there quietly, glancing at the police officer on duty, as if he felt threatened.
“It was so unlike him. He usually loves to talk.”
The sole breadwinner of the family, Dharmendran worked as a driver with sewerage company Indah Water. He and Marry have a two-year-old son.
When Marry asked him when he would resume work, the officer on duty, who sat in front of a computer, interrupted her and offered to settle the paperwork for his absence from work.
“He (the officer) was being very pushy about it. He said he would help fill out the forms for Dharmendran’s absence from work while my husband assisted the police in their investigation,” Marry said.
“The officer then asked me to go home.”
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Ku Chin Wah (left) said earlier that Dharmendran died from breathing difficulties. However, Marry said her husband did have asthma, but it was only a minor condition.
“The pathologist (Dr Siew Sheue Feng) said he had not suffered from cardiac arrest, nor did he have asthma then,” she added.
Soon to be deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy has lambasted the seemingly tame action taken against the police personnel being investigated over N Dharmendran’s death-in-custody case, saying such steps can only serve to undermine public faith in the force.
Pointing out that murder is a non-bailable offence, Waythamoorthy (left) said the four policemen should have been suspended and held in remand until investigations were completed, instead of merely being assigned to desk duties.
He said this in a statement issued today in his capacity as Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia (Hindraf) chairperson.
“The law is equal for police personnel as well as for the general public. Therefore any lesser action will only further frustrate the general public in the double standards practised against these police officers with such blatant immunity provided to them.
“Such ineffectual action as this by their superiors in the police force will only further demean the confidence of the public in the police force and their integrity in carrying out their responsibility in the interest of public,” the statement says.
Officers working under Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low had never offered to meet the family of custodial death victim N Dharmendran in secret or to give compensation for his death, said Low’s officer, D Ravindran.
At a press conference today, Ravindran said that all he did was tell the deceased’s father that the minister wanted to meet to offer condolences and to help.
Instead, he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that it was an unknown individual claiming to be a friend of the family who called him to set up a clandestine meeting to “settle” the matter.
“When I received the call from (this person) asking me to come to a hotel to ‘settle’, I called Datuk Paul to say something was wrong,” he said of the Tuesday incident.
Ravindran, who accompanied Low to the press conference, said he had initially called Dharmendran’s father upon instructions and said Low wanted to come to the family’s home to pay his respects but was advised against it.
“He said don’t come to the house as people may abuse us, so I asked to suggest wher, and he said they were being called to Bukit Aman.
“I said fine, we can meet at Bukit Aman, but then he said his lawyers had advised him not to speak to anyone,” he said.
Ravindran, who is attached to the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), said that after that, he had called PKR’s Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah.
“We could not reach (family lawyer and PKR’s Padang Serai MP N) Surendran so I contacted Sivarasa with the help of (Bersih chairperson) Ambiga (Sreenevasan).
“I told him we wanted to help and were willing to go through him if need be. We also contacted him to invite him to this press conference but we didn’t hear back,” he said.
He also said that he only contacted the deceased’s father and not his wife, as reported in the media.
SEVEN SO FAR IN 2013…
Penang Suaram has expressed alarmed over yet another case of death in police custody, which took place less than seven days after the “ghastly” death of N Dharmendran on May 21.
The NGO said in Penang, suspected drug addict R Jamesh Ramesh has become yet another number in the death-in-custody statistics, adding it was concerned over the sudden rise of such deaths.
It wants Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar to take responsibility for this latest death and announce to the public what action will be taken against the officers in charge of Jamesh, and when.
“We expect nothing short of transparency and independence of the police and the Home Ministry in this matter,” Penang Suaram said.
“In 2012, we received nine cases of deaths in police custody,” the NGO added in a statement.
“Yet in less than half-a-year, six cases have already been reported, making Jamesh the seventh death in 2013 alone. These are just reported cases,” the NGO stressed.
Arrested for taking drugs
On Saturday, Jamesh, a 40-year-old jobless man, was arrested for allegedly taking drugs by Narcotics Department policemen at a community hall in Patani Road.
The next day, he was sent to the lock-up around 4pm after his urine test was found to be positive for morphine.
State deputy CID chief ACP Mohd Nasir Salleh said Jamesh “was seen to be in a normal condition by other detainees in the cell on the same night”.
Jamesh was found unconscious on Sunday morning by police officers, and was later declared to have died of liver failure.
Penang Suaram has urged the family members of Jamesh to come forward with information.
The NGO wants police to probe all the circumstances surrounding the death of Jamesh by revealing the daily journal kept by the officer-in-charge of him during his brief detention.
They urged the police to ensure that there is justice for the victim, and if there were any police officers involved in his death, they should be made responsible.
Inquest into Jamesh’s death sought
Penang Suaram also called for an inquest to be held into the death of Jamesh.
Free Malaysia Today
‘Dharmendran not given legal aid after arrest’
The police failed to ensure that Dharmendran had sufficient legal representation, says Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar today pointed out that the police failed to comply to procedures in arresting N Dharmendran, who died in police custody last Tuesday.
“The police is required to inform the family of the suspect. They are also required to inform the National Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK) so that the suspect will have sufficient legal representation,” the Malaysian Bar said in a statement.
It added that the guidelines for enforcement officers stipulated that as soon as an arrest has been made, and before the suspect is questioned, the police officer must inform the suspect’s family (or friend) of the arrest.
The police must also provide details of the suspect and the arrest to YBGK, who will then dispatch a lawyer to offer legal representation to the arrested person.
“However, we understand that YBGK did not receive any notification from the police about Dharmendran’s arrest.
“We regret to note that this is the second occasion that we are aware of where YBGK was not notified of an arrest, and the detainee later died in police custody,” said Bar president Christopher Leong.
Prior to this, the police also failed to inform YGBK on the death in custody of 32-year-old K Nagarajan. He was found dead on Dec 24, 2012 in the Dang Wangi police station lockup.
Paul Low clarifies ‘secret’ call to Dharmendran’s dad
Free Malaysia Today
Dharmendran’s case: Desk beat for four cops
They had been reassigned to desk duties at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters so as to facilitate the probe into Dharmendaran’s death by officers from Bukit Aman.
KUALA LUMPUR: Four policemen including an officer who investigated a shooting case in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, which resulted in the death of N Dharmendran while in police custody, have been reassigned to desk duties, said city police deputy chief SAC Amar Singh Ishar Singh.
He said they had been reassigned to desk duties at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters so as to facilitate the probe into Dharmendaran’s death by officers from Bukit Aman (Federal police headquarters).
Criminal elements were suspected in the death of Dharmendran, 32, who was detained at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters lockup.
Paul Low denies harassment claim, says Dharmendran’s family ‘misunderstood’
KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Datuk Paul Low today disputed the harassment allegation against his office by the family of custodial death victim N. Dharmendran, saying what was meant to be an attempt at outreach was misunderstood as a government cover-up ploy.
The newly-minted minister for human rights and integrity clarified his office’s intention for contacting the family yesterday, saying it was merely to explain that the government department was willing to work together with any party regardless of political affiliations.
“This was sadly misunderstood as a means to settle out of court,” Low (picture) said in a statement here. “This was never our intention. I still confirm that we are ready to work with any party, regardless of political affiliation, to ensure effective and expedient justice to all.”
The former Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) president also offered his deepest condolences to Dharmendran’s family members, agreeing that a thorough investigation must be done into the death of the 31 year old.
He called on the police to hasten its probe, which he said must be “transparent, impartial and definitive”, adding that he had also spoken to the home minister about the matter and had obtained the latter’s assurance for a thorough investigation and proper punishment for those found guilty of wrongdoing.
“I would further like the MACC to conduct a parallel investigation, given allegations of possible corruption involved,” Low said.
“I certainly believe that the various enforcement agencies would deliver an expedient and thorough investigation, and bring to justice whoever is responsible.
“Basic human rights is the right of all. It was on this basis that my office had attempted to reach out to the family yesterday,” he explained.
INTERFERENCE/HARASSMENT BY PRIME MINISTER’S DEPT?
PKR vice president N Surendran claimed today the deceased’s father, G Nagayarasamy, had received calls from an official purportedly working for Putrajaya’s anti-graft minister Datuk Paul Low who asked to meet him “secretly” and told him to stop engaging their current pro-opposition lawyers.
a new issue cropped up whilst the family were making a report regarding
#dharmendran‘s death. there were 30 police officers present
the narrative of
#Dharmendran being a ‘health’ issue is a false one. a specialist report has already stated that he was beaten to death
the caller also identified himself as someone who worked under a chinese minister ‘paul low’
the family of
#dharmendran was told to have a secret meeting and not to engage with the current lawyers.
#Dharmendran speaks at press conference.
the certificate frm doktor pakar states that
#Dharmendran has been ‘dipukul sehingga mati oleh polis’
Dharmendran’s family harassed by Paul Low’s officer and cops
May 29, 2013
PETALING JAYA, May 29 — An officer with newly-appointed minister Datuk Paul Low and the police have been accused of “harassing” the family members of police custodial death victim N. Dharmendran who was allegedly beaten to death in a lockup earlier this month.
PKR vice president N Surendran claimed today the deceased’s father, G Nagayarasamy, had received calls from an official purportedly working for Putrajaya’s anti-graft minister Datuk Paul Low who asked to meet him “secretly” and told him to stop engaging their current pro-opposition lawyers.
“They received a call from Mr Ravendran from the PMO who told Nagayarasamy that he wanted to meet to talk about the death and not to inform the lawyers and meet secretly,” Surendran told a press conference held in PKR’s headquarters here.
“He was also told not to engage these lawyers and said ‘we have other lawyers for you’. The minister that is his boss is Chinese. This minister is Paul Low,” the newly elected Padang Serai MP said in the presence of Dharmendran’s father and wife M Marry.
After the father had rejected the suggestion, the official continued to call Nagayarasamy yesterday to which he replied: “if you come here I will pour hot water on you”.
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