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Kugan: Police To Submit Papers On Kugan's Death On Wednesday

Contributed by Anonymous on Monday, January 26 @ 04:10:55 CST

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (Bernama) -- Police will submit investigation papers on the death of lock-up detainee A. Kugan to the Attorney-General's Chambers on Wednesday, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said.

He said the papers would be ready by Tuesday after several more witnesses were interviewed.

"Yesterday we have taken statements from 11 police officers who were on duty at the time of Kugan's death. We have also called in several witnesses who were there when Kugan was arrested and during his death.


"The witnesses' accounts are crucial to our investigations," he said, adding that the investigations were carried out in a professional and fair manner by a special team from Bukit Aman.

Police had also taken statements from individuals who saw police arrested Kugan on Jan 15, he told Bernama.

Khalid also called on the public not to speculate on the second post-mortem carried out on Kugan's body yesterday.

"The post-mortem was carried out independently," he said.

Meanwhile, Kapar member of parliament S. Manikavasagam said Kugan's family had expressed the hope that the case would be handled in a transparent and fair manner.

He also said that the family respected the police actions in recording statements from witnesses in the effort to establish Kugan's cause of death.

"What we want now is justice for Kugan's family. I hope that the case is given the attention by the authorities," he said.

Kugan, who was arrested on suspicion of being involved in luxury car theft in Sungai Chua, Kajang, died while in detention at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya on Jan 20.

-- BERNAMA
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The Star
Kugan case: Charges next week, cops rapped By FLORENCE A. SAMY and K. KASTURI DEWI
KUALA LUMPUR: The controversy surrounding the death of suspected car thief A. Kugan while in police custody continued to heat up, with promise of swift action by one government leader while the police were criticised for making threatening statements. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator T. Murugiah said those involved in the death would likely be charged in court as early as next week. Kugan, 22, who was remanded to assist investigations into several luxury car thefts, died at the Taipan police station in USJ, Subang Jaya last Tuesday. The post-mortem revealed that he had died due to fluid in his lungs, but Kugan’s family entered the Serdang Hospital mortuary that same day and took photographs of his body, which showed severe bruising. They demanded a second post-mortem which was concluded on Sunday, although the report is not out yet. While initially saying no foul play was involved, police have now reclassified the case as murder for the purpose of investigation, at the urging of the Attorney-General. “I was told the doctor will send the post-mortem report to Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail. I was told by the A-G that it will be sometime next week,” Murugiah said. “The investigation is still ongoing and we have to be patient. “Most probably whoever is involved in the incident will be charged in court sometime next week,” he told reporters at the MCA’s Chinese New Year open house in Wisma MCA Monday. Murugiah also said he went to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s home at 5pm Saturday to hand over the pictures of Kugan’s body and to explain what actually happened at the mortuary. “I received the pictures from an unidentified person who sent it to my house. I also thanked him for helping the family who were given permission to do a second post-mortem.” Najib, he said, also gave a monetary contribution which the family was grateful for. “The family thanks Datuk Seri Najib and believes confidently that the Government will help correct the situation and that they will see justice done for their son,” he added. In GEORGE TOWN, a Barisan component party leader said the police should not issue “threatening’’ statements against the two deputy ministers who were at the Serdang Hospital mortuary last Tuesday. State People’s Progressive Party (PPP) chief Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan said Monday that the two ministers -- one of whom was Murugiah, while the other was Datuk K. Devamany, also a deputy minister in the PM’s Dept -- had gone to the mortuary in their capacity as the people’s representatives. “They had gone there after being asked to be there by the relatives of the deceased. They were merely carrying out their duties as the people’s chosen representatives. “The police should not be issuing threatening statements against them for that unless they had done something to break the law,’’ he told reporters at the state PPP Chinese New Year Open house held at the YMCA building. He was commenting on Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement that police would record both the deputy ministers’ statements for being present at the mortuary. Dr Loga also said the police should instead concentrate on carrying out a thorough investigation into Kugan’s death as both the ministers would not have come to the mortuary without any complaints.********Don’t politicise Kugan’s funeral: Selangor’s top cop By LOURDES CHARLES
SHAH ALAM: Those attending A. Kugan’ s funeral scheduled for Wednesday have been warned not to carry banners and posters or to form a procession. Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the funeral should not be politicised or turned into an illegal demonstration. “We are willing to provide any assistance to the family during the funeral if they so require. “Everyone must exercise restraint and be calm. Let us all wait for the investigation to be completed,” he said. Kugan, 22, was arrested last Tuesday for suspected car theft. He collapsed and died inside the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya. The post-mortem revealed that he had died due to fluid in his lungs, but Kugan’s family entered the Serdang Hospital mortuary that same day and took photographs of his body, which showed severe bruising. They demanded a second post-mortem which was concluded on Sunday, although the report is not out yet. While initially saying no foul play was involved, police have now reclassified the case as murder for the purpose of investigation, at the urging of the Attorney-General. DCP Khalid reiterated his assurance that there would be no cover-up in its investigation and that any policeman found to have caused Kugan’s death would “have to pay the price.” He said neither he nor the top brass in the force condoned any form of abuse of power or the use of excessive force during investigation.********MIC Defends Two Deputy Ministers In Serdang Hospital Mortuary Incident     -->
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 - The MIC will defend the two deputy ministers if the authorities find them to have broken the law in the incident where a crowd raided the mortuary of Serdang Hospital last Tuesday.

"We will hire as many lawyers to defend them if they are charged in court," MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said in a statement issued here today.

He was commenting on Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar's statement yesterday that Datuk K. Devamany and Senator T. Murugiah, both deputy ministers in the Prime Minister's Department, might likely face action if they were present at the mortuary when the crowd barged into the mortuary to examine the body of suspected car thief A. Kugan who had died while in police custody.

The MIC president said it did not matter from which party the two deputy ministers hailed from as long as they were Indians "because the MIC represents the Indian community in Malaysia".

While Devamany is a MIC member, Murugiah is from the People's Progressive Party (PPP).

Devamany was among nine people quizzed by the police yesterday over the incident. It was also reported that 11 policemen being investigated for allegedly causing hurt to Kugan would not be spared action if they were found to have abused their powers.

Kugan, 22, who was detained on Jan 15 at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya on suspicion of being involved in the theft of luxury cars in Sungai Chua, Kajang, died while being questioned on Tuesday.

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.

Samy Vellu also urged Syed Hamid to ensure that the police probe into Kugan's death was transparent.

"The MIC will be monitoring the case but we are confident that the police will leave no stones unturned in their investigation," he said.

-- BERNAMA
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Don't Politicise Kugan's Funeral - Police By: Ramjit--> KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 (Bernama) -- The Selangor police have warned those attending the funeral of A. Kugan, who died whilst in police custody, not to participate in any illegal gathering or carry banners and posters.

The funeral is scheduled on Wednesday.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the funeral should not be politicised or turned into an illegal demonstration as it would disrupt public order and lead to chaos.

He believed that plans were underway by certain groups to turn the occasion into an illegal gathering to protest against alleged police brutally.

Khalid said the police learnt the funeral procession would be organised in such a manner that it would involve certain parts of the city before arriving at an undisclosed burial ground in Selangor.

"Cards and banners are also expected to be carried by members of the procession," he said in a statement here Monday.

The police chief advised the public not participate in the illegal gathering as the force was not against a normal funeral procession and respected the grieving family.

-- BERNAMAThe StarTuesday January 27, 2009
We just want to see justice done: Kugan’s family By M. KUMAR

PUCHONG: The family of suspected car thief A. Kugan who died in police custody last Tuesday just want to see justice done and the truth surrounding his death come to light. His uncle, Ravi Roy, 42, said that the family was not blaming the police force for Kugan’s death, but was merely seeking the truth. “We are not blaming the entire police force, all we want is for the people who are responsible to be brought to justice,” he said at the Bandar Kinrara home here of Kugan’s parents on Monday. Kugan collapsed and died during questioning at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya on Dec 20. An initial post-mortem wrote off his death as involving “no foul play,” saying he had died due to fluid in his lungs but not offering an explanation of how this happened. However, after Kugan’s family entered the Serdang Hospital mortuary that same day and took photographs of his body, which showed severe bruising, the Attorney-General asked police to re-classify the case as murder. A second post-mortem was conducted last Sunday, although the report is not out yet. The 22-year-old is scheduled to be buried at the Puchong crematorium at 2pm on Wednesday. Ravi said the family has been waiting anxiously to lay him to rest as they felt uncomfortable keeping the body in a mortuary for so long. “However, we had no choice as his body is the only evidence we have on what happened to him,” he said. Although relieved at finally being able to bury Kugan’s body, Ravi said the family would not rest until those responsible are identified and brought to justice. On the support received from various politicians and members of the public, Ravi said that it has helped them get through these tough times. “We would like to thank everyone who have shown their support to us and Kugan,” he told reporters. At around 3pm Monday, a flurry of VIPs, including PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, visited Kugan’s family.*******themalaysianinsider.com, Jan 27 2009 Autopsy No. 2 finds external injuries KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 – A second autopsy on suspected car thief Kugan Ananthan has found external injuries caused by blunt force trauma, sources told The Malaysian Insider. The 22-year-old, who died while in police custody on Jan 20, was said to have died of cardiac arrest following the injuries, the sources said. Initial findings also revealed Kugan was asthmatic, and his condition had caused phlegm to ac*****ulate in his lungs. The full report is expected to be issued within days after Universiti Malaya Medical Centre pathologists carried out the autopsy tha lasted nearly 10 hours on Sunday following a dispute over earlier findings that he died of "water in the lungs". The Attorney-General’s Chambers have classified the case as murder and 11 policemen from the Subang USJ Taipan police station have been reassigned to desk duty pending investigations. It is understood that closed-circuit-television-cameras (CCTV) were not placed in the police station’s lock-up despite a directive years ago that was intended to prevent claims of police abuse. Kugan was said to be part of a syndicate involved in stealing luxury cars but his family said he has no criminal record and worked as an insurance claims executive. Kugan will be cremated at the Puchong Batu 14 crematorium on Wednesday. Fearing trouble, police have warned his family and friends not to turn the funeral into a protest following unconfirmed reports that a procession with banners and placards are being planned. The police are now questioning some 21 people, including two deputy ministers, for allegedly barging into a hospital mortuary to view Kugan’s body last week. The family and the two politicians dispute the police and hospital version of events, saying they had a right to see the body. His death is the latest over the years of suspects, mainly Indians, who had died suddenly in police custody. Political parties across the divide have asked for an independent probe into his death and others in the past. His family has also criticised the police for hiding behind a wall of silence over the death. “The police never informed us that he was arrested and we only heard about it from an anonymous caller,” Kugan’s uncle V. Raviroy told The Malaysian Insider. The 42-year-old businessman said whatever Kugan was accused of doing; he did not deserve to die. “Kugan was only 22, he had his whole life ahead of him, why did he end up dead in the lockup?” he lamented


 
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