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Kugan: Kugan Undergoes Second Post-mortem

Contributed by Anonymous on Sunday, January 25 @ 07:36:39 CST

PETALING JAYA, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- A second post-mortem was today conducted on A. Kugan who died whilst in a lock-up at a police station in Subang Jaya.

Doctors at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) carried out the post-mortem at noon.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department T. Murugiah said that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had acceded to a request by Kugan's family for a second post-mortem.

"Yesterday, Kugan's family members told me that they encountered difficulty in conducting a second post-mortem.

"So, I called up Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khalid Nordin to discuss the matter.

"After that, I contacted DPM (Najib) and was given the assurance that the second post-mortem would be conducted as requested by the family," he told reporters at UMMC here today.

The post-mortem results are expected to be known about 10pm.

Murugiah said the deputy prime minister had expressed sympathy and concern over the incident.

"DPM has asked me to hand over the photographs (of Kugan's body with injuries) to him," he said.

Murugiah said the pathologists for the second post-mortem were appointed by the government and agreed upon by the public prosecutor and Najib.

"We are giving an assurance that the post-mortem will be transparent and there will be no cover-up. We view this matter seriously," he added.

On the incident where Kugan's family was said to have barged into the Serdang Hospital mortuary, he said the issue should not be blown out of proportion.

"Let me reiterate that Kugan's family did not break the door (of the mortuary) but merely pleaded that they be allowed to see the body for nine hours.

"They were overcome with emotion at that time, so do not blame them," he said.

He said the government and the police should not be blamed over the isolated incident as only a handful of people were involved.

"Only a handful of people had gone overboard, so do not make it a factor to blame the government. We will ensure that this kind of incident does not recur," added the deputy minister.

On his plan to sue Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar, Murugiah said he would discuss the matter with his lawyer before taking any action.

"I am not happy over his statement recently. It has tarnished my reputation as a leader as I had merely gone to the ground to help a bereaved family."

Khalid had said that Murugiah entered the mortuary during the incident.

Meanwhile, Kugan's father, Ananthan, expressed relief that the family's request for the second post-mortem was granted.


Subramaniam Seeks More Indians In Police Force     -->
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said he would raise with the Cabinet the need to increase the number of Indians in the police force at all levels.

The MIC secretary-general said a bigger representation of Indians in the force would help in the effort to combat the increasing crime rate among Indian youths.

The government and the MIC would continue to step up their efforts in combating the increasing crime rate amongst Indian youths through educational, training and self-enhancement interventions, he said in a statement.

His statement comes amid a controversy surrounding the death of detainee A. Kugan while in police custody at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya, Selangor, on Tuesday.

Kugan, 22, who was detained on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in the theft of luxury cars in Sungai Chua, Kajang, died while being questioned.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had said a post-mortem found that Kugan had died due to fluid in his lungs but Kugan's family sought a second post-mortem, insisting that Kugan had died of injuries. Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said later that Kugan's death had been classified as murder.

Dr Subramaniam said Kugan's death should be investigated and the case resolved quickly in a just, fair and transparent manner and the culprits, whoever it might be, must be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Several quarters, including the MIC, had called for an independent probe into Kugan's death.

Dr Subramaniam said that while he appreciated the efforts by the police to reduce the crime rate in the country and to solve cases, the police should ensure that this was done in a manner which did not infringe on the fundamental rights of anyone.

"The capabilities of the interrogation and investigation personnel in the police force should be enhanced to ensure that they are accountable and are professional in the conduct of the investigations at all times," he said.

He said there should be strict compliance to investigation procedures so as to uphold the legal maxim that one was innocent until proven guilty.

Bar Council Supports A-G's Announcement On Kugan     -->
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- The Bar Council welcomed the Attorney-General's announcement to treat the death of A. Kugan under police custody as murder.

According to a press statement by Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, "prompt and serious action by the authorities, including an immediate, impartial, transparent and thorough investigation into this custodial death by an independent committee" was required.

"We trust that undue attention will not be given to the incident at the mortuary. It reflected the reactions of persons who were understandably outraged and emotional about A. Kugan's sudden and unexplained death," stated Ambiga.

She also said that such tragedies brought about a dire need for an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission.

"Such a commission needs to function independently with an external oversight body to investigate complaints about police personnel and to make the police accountable for their conduct.

"We also call on the authorities to expedite the ongoing inquests into other custodial deaths. We are deeply concerned that this custodial death will be relegated to a mere statistic," she continued.


Kugan Murder: Devamany among nine quizzed by police BERNAMA

A Deputy Minister is among nine people facilitating police investigations into an incident where a dead detainee’s family trespassed the Serdang Hospital mortuary on Tuesday.

Apart from Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S. K. Devamany, the others are Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam, Teluk Intan MP M. Manogaran, MIC Youth chief T. Mohan, lawyer N. Surendran, three journalists and an unidentified person.

The statements of the nine were recorded at the Sepang police headquarters in connection with allegations that the family of A. Kugan, 22, who died in police custody earlier that day, had barged into the mortuary to examine bruises on his body.

While the post-mortem result revealed that he died of lung infection, the Attorney-General reclassified the case as murder.

Speaking to reporters later, Devamany said he had recounted what had happened on Tuesday night and cooperated with the police.
Earlier, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had said police would record statements from two Deputy Ministers.

On Jan 15, Kugan was detained by police on suspicion of being involved in stealing luxury cars in Sungai Chua, Kajang.

“There was no trespassing or break-in. It was under control and we followed procedures. Only Kugan’s family went in (the mortuary),” said Manikavasagam.

Surendran, counsel for the family, said the mortuary was open to the public to enable them to see the bodies of family members.

“According to the law, the next-of-kin have the right and authority to see the bodies of family members, take pictures...the bodies belong to them,” he said.



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