Kugan: Hospital: Mob tampered with Kugan's body|
Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, March 05 @ 00:14:27 CST
By : By Farrah Naz Karim farrah
NST, March 05 2009 PUTRAJAYA: Serdang Hospital yesterday fought back against accusations of a misleading post-mortem on police detainee A. Kugan.
Its director, Dr Mohd Norzi Ghazali, said a mob of about 50 people
had barged in and tampered with the body before any post-mortem was
carried out by the hospital's forensics pathologist.
said his medical officers sought cover for two hours in a connecting
room of the mortuary as they feared being hurt by the mob.
post-mortem, he said, was supposed to take place at 8am the next day as
police personnel had to be present during the procedure.
report on the incident at the morgue by the hospital authorities stated
that Kugan's fully-clothed body was in a body bag, which had been torn
open by the mob.
The medical officers also reported they were shocked to see a pool of Kugan's blood on the floor of the mortuary.
This, the report said, indicated that wounds on the body could have been inflicted after his death.
The report also stated that the 22-year-old had died of pulmonary
oedema or fluid in the lungs. It also stated that there were no
fractures on his body or damage to his vital organs.
Kugan's family lawyer, N. Surendran, said the second post-mortem
conducted by University Malaya Medical Centre's pathologist Dr Prashant
N. Samberkar revealed that his death was due to kidney failure caused
by muscle injury that might be attributed to physical, chemical or
Dr Norzi told the New Straits Times that
both post-mortems were "weak evidence" in the case as they had been
conducted after the body had been tampered with.
On claims that
Kugan, a suspected car thief, had been starved for six days before he
died, Dr Norzi said a person's stomach would be cleared of traces of
food about four hours after his last meal.
Chambers' prosecution division head Tun Majid Tun Hamzah received the
second post-mortem report from Surendran yesterday.
Tun Majid said comparisons would be made between the reports for a just decision.
"This won't be long, hopefully within this month. The chambers will inform the public of its decision."
died at the Subang Taipan police station while being interrogated on
Jan 20, six days after he was arrested in connection with car thefts.
Kapar member of parliament S. Manikavasagam, who accompanied Surendran
to the chambers, said a police report would be lodged against the
Serdang pathologist either tomorrow or Saturday "over a false and
In Kuala Lumpur, Deputy
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said police would wait
for the A-G's decision before taking action against the 11 policemen
involved in Kugan's death.
Federal Criminal Investigation
Department director Datuk Bakri Zinin said he had obtained a copy of
the second post-mortem report from Prashant.
"As per procedure, we will record his statement," he said.
In Kota Baru, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar has reiterated that the case should not be politicised.
said he was surprised that the second post-mortem report was announced
at the office of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) on Tuesday.
"When it was announced at the PKR office, it means that they are mixing
a crime investigation with politics. This case has nothing to do with
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