Sosilawati murder: Lawyer brothers meet their wives|
Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, September 23 @ 09:46:13 CDT
The Malay Mail
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
MUM: The wives of the two lawyer brothers as they briskly made their
way into the police headquarters this afternoon — Pics: Ashraf Shamsul
The two lawyer brothers implicated in
eight murders, including the recent quadruple Banting killings, met with
their wives today at the city police headquarters.
The women spent 10 minutes with their husbands in a room where 12 police personnel were present at 3pm.
Lawyers D.P. Vijandran and Ravi Nekoo were then allowed to see the suspects for another 10 minutes.
Vijandran later told reporters that the elder lawyer brother – the
main suspect – claimed he was punched, kicked and beaten with a hose.
DON'T PRE-JUDGE: Vijandran (right) and Ravi said media reports have been 'one-sided'
He said the 41-year-old suspect’s front tooth was also loose as a result of the alleged beatings.
Further, he claimed, the main suspect told him that police had forced him to sign do*****ents and letters at certain places.
Vijandran said he would be lodging a police report on the matter tomorrow.
He added that the suspect's wish was to get a chance to tell his side of the story as the media was reporting “one side only”.
According to Vijandran, the younger brother, 38, was “ok and not beaten by police.”
Vijandran urged the media and public not to pre-judge the suspects
who claimed they were innocent. He said everybody had this feeling that
they were guilty and hoped they would hold back their judgment.
Vijandran said for the moment, he was making sure the brothers got their rights and were treated fairly.
Both lawyers hoped to see their clients again if their remand order was extended.
The remand period for the brothers and another suspect ends on Saturday.
Five others, in their 20s and 30s, believed to be involved in the
murder of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and her three aides, today had their
remand order extended by another week to Sept 29.
The Attorney-General on Wednesday had ordered the police to investigate further the murders of Sosilawati and the other three.
Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had returned the investigation papers to
the police as there were many issues pertaining to the case that needed
Police are also digging deeper into the three reports of missing
persons that have now been upgraded to murder inquiry, as well as the
murder of a housewife outside her home in Banting.******The StarSosilawati murder: Main suspect claims cops assaulted him
By STEVEN DANIEL
Wives, lawyers get to meet brothers
LUMPUR: The main suspect in the murders of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and
three others is claiming that he was punched, kicked and forced to sign
do*****ents against his will by the police. Three lawyers
representing the suspect and his brother, both lawyers, managed to meet
their clients for the first time at the city police headquarters here
Thursday. They arrived at 3pm and were accompanied by the wives of the suspects who were also granted permission to meet their husbands. Lawyer
D.P. Vijandran and Ravi Nekoo, speaking to the press after the
30-minute meeting, said the 41-year-old suspect claimed he had been
abused by the police. "He claimed he was beaten with a hose,
punched in the face and kicked, which aggravated an old spinal injury,"
Vijandran said, adding that his client has yet to receive medical
treatment for his injuries. The main suspect also claimed he was forced to sign do*****ents against his will. Vijandran said they would be lodging a police report on the alleged abuse Friday. "My clients claim they have nothing to do with what (the murders) they are being investigated for and that they are innocent. "Nonetheless,
they are willing to give their full cooperation to the police but hope
to be treated fairly at the same time," Vijandran said. Meanwhile, the wives managed to meet their husbands for about 10 minutes, under the watchful eyes of the police. "They were not allowed to get close to each other. The wives were very calm and dignified during the meeting," he added. Sosilawati,
47, and three others — lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, CIMB Bank
officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38, and driver Kamarudin Shansudin, 44,
went missing on Aug 30. Their remains were later found in Ladang Gadong,
near Banting. Eight suspects have been detained, among them, the two lawyer brothers.*****Usharani reveals recorded phone conversation
S. Usharani, 27, the wife of an Indian millionaire businessman who has
gone missing in Malaysia, today revealed to the media a recorded
telephone conversation she has had with a lawyer who is a suspect in the
co-called Banting murders.
Usharani played the two-minute telephone conversation recorded on her
mobile telephone at a news conference held at the office of Kapar
Member of Parliament S. Manikavasagam in Kapar near here.
conversation, in Tamil and explained to reporters by lawyer Y. Murugan,
was about Usharani's enquiries about the whereabouts of her husband,
Allal Kanthan Muthuraja, 35.
Usharani said that during the conversation on Jan 28, the suspect
claimed that he was in Thailand and would only be able to relate the
whereabouts of her husband once he got back from there.
Reporters also listened to another recording, this time between
Usharani and a man who claimed to be one ASP Suresh from the Bukit Aman
federal police headquarters.
"ASP Suresh demanded RM1 million to
free my husband because he claimed he (my husband) had been arrested for
smuggling ketamine into the country," she said.
Usharani, who had flown in from Chennai, India, yesterday, also
said she had received a similar telephone call from a man who claimed to
be one Inspector Muru from Bukit Aman.
said Usharani would hand over the recording to Inspector-General of
Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar tomorrow, at about 11.30am.
Banting murders refer to the deaths of cosmetics millionaire Datuk
Sosilawati Lawiya, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsudin, 44, lawyer Ahmad
Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, and CIMB Bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38,
who went missing on Aug 30 after they went to Banting, Selangor, over a
Police found out that the four had been killed, their bodies
burnt and the ashes thrown into rivers in the vicinity of Ladang Gadong
near Banting, and picked up eight suspects, two of them lawyers, to
Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu
Bakar said yesterday the police had upgraded the investigation into
Muthuraja's case from missing person to murder based on indicators and
evidence gathered so far.
Usharani had lodged a report at the
Banting police station on Sept 8 that Muthuraja went missing after he
had arrived in Malaysia on Jan 18.
She also went to the Kuala Langat district police headquarters today to give a statement. --
Prime suspect of Banting murders brought to canal again
A man believed to be the prime suspect in the so-called Banting murders
was brought today to a canal near here, for the second time, apparently
to help police look for more evidence relating to the case.
A police forensic team was seen taking the suspect, clad in
purple-coloured lockup attire and handcuffed, to the canal connecting to
Kampung Sungai Lang at about 10.30am.
They were seen leaving the location two-and-a-half hours later, apparently without having found any object or evidence.
Two days ago, the suspect was also brought to the same location.
The suspect and seven others are helping police to solve the murder
of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya, 47, her driver
Kamaruddin Shamsudin, 44, CIMB Bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38, and
lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, who were reported missing on Aug 30
after coming here over a land deal.
Police said the four were
killed, their bodies burnt and the ashes thrown into rivers in the
vicinity of Ladang Gadong near here. -- BERNAMA
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