Sunday, February 26, 2017

The long list of unexplained deaths in police custody. Who is responsible?

By Mariam Mokhtar
Would you only be interested in justice, if someone you loved died at the hands of the people who are supposed to enforce law and order? Or would you be afraid to rock the boat?
Perhaps, you might even justify the death of the person in police custody, by telling yourself that he was in jail and must therefore be a criminal and deserved to die?
N Dharmendran joins a long list of unexplained deaths in police custody. The cover-up and conspiracy following their deaths are a terrible injustice.
(Last week, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) chairman Yaacob Md Sam said that EAIC found the death of the detainee on May 21, 2013 was due to the use of force by the police.)
Dharmendran’s death was blamed on an asthma attack. The Kuala Lumpur High Court acquitted four policemen of his death, but the Court of Appeal ordered the four men to stand trial, next month.
On 11 May 2013, 31-year-old Dharmendran lodged a police report about a fight, but instead, he and three other people were arrested, and charged with attempted murder.

FAMILY KEPT IN THE DARK

Dharmendran’s family only learnt of his arrest on 19 May. They visited him in jail, and were informed that he would be released, on police-bail, in four days time.
On 22 May, the family received a call and expected it to be Dharmendran. Instead, an unidentified policeman told the family to collect Dharmendran’s body from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH).
On the same day, the CID chief Ku Chin Wah, released a statement claiming that Dharmendran had complained of breathing difficulties, and pains in the chest. Despite being rushed to KLH, he was pronounced dead on arrival and the police attributed his death, to a suspected asthma attack.
Anyone who has read of deaths in police custody in Malaysia will recognise PDRM’s oft repeated phrases; chest pains, breathing difficulties, asthma attack, sudden death. It is alleged that the families of these men – usually young adults – deny that these men were asthmatic, or suffered any other chronic illness.
(Bernama reported that in a follow-up operation, four policemen from IPK KL were detained and charged with causing his death.
On Dec 12, 2014, the Kuala Lumpur High Court freed the policemen from a charge of murder because there was no prima facie case against them.
The Court of Appeal however has ordered them to enter their defence. The four police officers accused in the murder of the victim will resume trial from May 25 to 27 when they will be called to enter their defence. The IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has said that the report is sub-judice as the case is ongoing in the courts.)
The police may not have told the whole truth, but the post-mortem results do not lie.
The KLH Forensic Department showed that Dharmendran had suffered “acute massive loss of blood” which resulted in a “hypovolemic shock.” They found 52 bruises from blunt force trauma. Dharmendran’s ears had been stapled and the pathologist said that the presence of blood, confirmed that Dharmendran had been alive, when his ears were stapled.

MORE QUESTIONS NEED TO BE ASKED.

In May 2014, the CID chief, Ku attributed Dharmendran’s death to asthma, and did not wait for the post-mortem results. Does PDRM’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) include the furnishing of medical opinions?
Last week, PDRM allegedly claimed that the man who had wrecked a Hindu temple in Ipoh was suffering from mental health problems. If so, policemen would seem to be masquerading  as ‘doctors’.
In 2015, the KL CID chief Zainuddin Ahmad, who boasts of a 38-year police career, claimed that Dharmendran’s  interrogation did not include violence.
He allegedly said, “Physical violence is strictly prohibited. We (police) have been trained to carry out interrogation. However, there is no issue about using loud, harsh voice”.
So, are the post-mortem results wrong? Or did Zainuddin lie?
Zainuddin also admitted that he had been the officer-in-charge-of-the-police-district (OCPD) and responsible for the welfare of the detainees during Dharmendran’s arrest.
He claimed that the CCTV, in the lock-up, was malfunctioning and that the logistics team had been notified.
Why are our government departments plagued with broken CCTVs? This “broken CCTV” phenomenon was also found in Teoh Beng Hock’s and Ahmad Sarbani’s deaths.
Why has the auditor-general not addressed the never ending problem of malfunctioning CCTVs in government departments? CCTVS, which cost millions of ringgits to buy, are often found to have malfunctioned, when there is a death in custody.
Why did Hare Krishnan, the fourth policemen disappear for a few days?
Why weren’t blood samples collected for DNA testing, to see whose DNA was present on Dharmendran’s body or clothing?
Unless Dharmendran was in a sound-proof cell, from which screams cannot emanate, did the other policemen not search their consciences, about the torture being conducted?
Malaysia has seen too many deaths in custody.  Questions have been asked, but no policeman has been brought to book.
As the head of the force, the IGP is ultimately responsible for all the deaths in police custody. Yes, he should resign.

Another man dies in police custody


Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
Thanaseelan Muniandy
43
25th Feb 2017
Unconscious in his cell about 1.50am on Saturday and alerted the officer at the information counter at the Bukit Sentosa station. "Initially, he was referred to Hospital Kuala Kubu Baru on Friday after complaining of stomach pains where he was given treatment,"

Chandran Muniandy beaten and cause severe injury by police


Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
Chandran Muniandy
42
8th Feb 2017
Was warded critical condition. Beaten, toe nails where pulled out and unconciousness. 

S. Balamurugan is died after police brutality


Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
S. Balamurugan
44
8th Feb 2017
Death in custody, North Klang police station. Second autopsy finding beatings in the police station. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

269 custodial deaths over past 16 years

A TOTAL of 269 deaths in custody were recorded nationwide over the past 16 years, according to the Home Ministry.

 Two hundred and twenty of the deaths were caused by a series of illnesses that damaged the vital organs of the inmates.

 Between 2000 and April 2016, a total of 36 inmates died of AIDS, heart attacks (20 deaths) and asthma attacks (six deaths).

 The remaining 158 died after contracting illnesses relating to the intestines, liver, lungs and throat, as well as yellow fever and ulcers, said the ministry in a written reply to M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat).

 For 102 deaths in custody since 2000, it was decided by the court that no inquest was necessary, while inquests into 85 such deaths had been done.

 “Fourteen deaths in custody are still in the inquest process, while investigations are ongoing for another 15 cases,” it said.

 The highest number of deaths in custody was in 2003, when 32 deaths were recorded. Last year, the ministry recorded 12 deaths in custody.

 Meanwhile in another written reply to Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (PAS-Kuala Nerus), the ministry’s statistics revealed arrests of schoolchildren for violent crimes were on the downward trend.

 A total of 2,483 students had been caught in 2013 for violent crimes and crimes against property, including murder, rape and armed robbery.

The number dropped to 2,073 in 2014, and later to 1,851 last year. Between January and March this year, 398 students were arrested.

The ministry said the police, with the cooperation of the Education Ministry, will continuously work to counter the issue of violent crimes by students.

Among the steps taken were appointing school relations officers, compulsory co-curricular activity participation, and encouraging parent-teacher associations to be more active in helping their schools to manage the issue, the ministry stated.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Growing clamour to check police abuse

Amnesty International Malaysia said cases of torture perpetrated by the police are not fully investigated, and that the police had proven incapable of investigating themselves.

Last month the Human Rights Commission said police statistics from 2000 to February 2014 showed that 242 detainees had died in police custody; most of the deaths were attributed to illnesses or cardiac arrests.

Source: FMT | May 31, 2015

10-year jail time for petty crime

Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
Shashikumar a/ l Selvam
22
22ndMay 2015
A youthful offender sentenced to 10 Years for stealing rice and sardine is now found dead hanging in the cell. The boy’s trousers were too short and the ceiling in his prison cell too high for a hanging to have taken place. He also said the boy’s body was covered in bruises and there was a toenail that looked like it had been forcibly removed.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Son dies in custody, dad 'threatened with gun'

Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
Syed Mohd Azlan
25
4thNovember 2014
A 25-year-old unemployed youth has died in police custody, Was arrested on 3rd November 2014. On 4th November
the father was later called to give a statement at the Sungai Rengit police station at 6am. "Police slapped (tepuk) me on the chest and on the back, then they slammed a pistol in front of me, slammed handcuffs, to frighten me into confessing.
What transpired next is unclear, but Syed Mohd Azlan was brought to the Kota Tinggi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7.30am.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Penang's seventh death in custody in 2014

Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
Agin Raj Sunmarkkan Naidu
29
7th June 2014
Suspected drug addiction in the Prai Industrial area where he worked. He was remanded for four days in the Bandar Perda police lock-up before he was admitted to the hospital on June 5, for suffering fits.
Regina(sister)  said when she and their mother, Sivapakiam Palchamy, 47, visited her brother in the hospital on June 5, he was writhing in pain, screaming to be released from being handcuffed and did not seem to recognise his family.
She noticed bruises around his lips, wrists and legs.
She claimed that when they asked the doctor on duty about it, he arrogantly told her, "when alcoholics don't get their fix, they normally go into fits".

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

List of suspect die in police lockup for 2014


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Police detainee dies with severe bruises in Penang

Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
Murugan Muniandy
37
13th April 2014
Severe sepsis secondary to pneumonia. Showed that he had visible bruises on his chest, right arm, shoulder, thigh and ribs.So far this year, Penang has seen four other deaths in police custody  - A Punniyatham, 40, on Feb 10 at the Nibong Tebal police station lock-up, Ramasamy Nagu, 50, on March 1 at the Bayan Baru police station lock-up,  Kamarulnizam Ismail, 39, who died in Taiping Prison on March 8 after being detained at the Bandar Perda police lock-up, and Koay Soon Cguan, 41, who died at the Penang Prison on April 6                            

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Family wants answers over death in prison


Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
N Harirajan
34
10th April 2014
Was found dead in Kajang Prison.  Harirajan's body raised suspicion for his family when they saw his body at Kajang Hospital.. When the family saw the body, they were shocked to see bruises at the chest, head, stitches above the right eye and both ears (were) bleeding,".

Friday, September 13, 2013

Two Indian men shot dead in Malacca


Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
D Selvam/Raja Cella

K Sivanesan

unknown


25

12 Sept 2013

The police killed the duo after exchanging gunshots near a hypermarket. In the 9.20am incident, police units spotted the two wanted men in a silver Perodua Myvi before approaching the car in an attempt to arrest the suspects. However, according to a police source, one of the suspects opened fire at the police officers as they advanced to the suspect’s car. Selvam was using a fake identification card and had 10 criminal records, including twice being detained under the Emergency Ordinance, while the other suspect had one record under the Dangerous Drugs Act.
K Sivanesan from Negeri Sembilan is only 25-years-old, with one criminal record of drug abuse.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Five shot dead in Penang



Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
Gobinath Jayasooryam

Ramesh Raganathan

N Rakan

Gobinath Myavanam



Suresh Murugasen
31


27


25


21




25
20th August 2013

The five were said to be involved in several fatal shootings that took place across the country. Five men were shot dead during a police raid at an apartment in Sungai Nibong. Police had recovered three guns – a 38s revolver, Walther PPK and a Noricho. and several cellular phones, including old black and white mobiles sets, from the shooting scene.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Penang police gun down 5 suspects in shootout

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Penang detainee's death due to liver failure

Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
R.Jamesh Ramesh
40
  26th May2013
Death of a 40-year-old detainee in the Penang police contingent headquarters lock-up yesterday was due to liver failure. Jamesh Ramesh who was unemployed and had a criminal record for robbery was arrested in front of a community hall in Jalan Patani, here, on Saturday when he was found positive for morphine in a urine test.  Police  only realised that he was dead when they came to the lock-up at 10.30am yesterday to bring him to court for a remand order.

Karuna, custodial death victim in Tampin

Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
P Karuna Nithi
42
1st July 2013
P Karuna Nithi died in police custody. The family was informed of his death in Tampin. Was informed by telephone at 9.45pm yesterday that he had "suddenly died" about 7pm at the Tampin district police headquarters. The family was not allowed to move the body but there was blood on the tray where the body was placed. Karuna was bleeding from the back of his head and there were bruises on his left and right arms. "The doctor said something may have happened to him in the lock-up but we are not sure what," he said. Karuna was on May 31 charged in the magistrate's court in Tampin with "causing hurt".

N Dharmendran deceased battered, ears stapled


Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
N Dharmendran
32
21st May 2013
Dharmendran, 31, was picked up by police on May 11 after he lodged a police report at the Pudu police station when he had been involved in a fight. He has been in remand since that day at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters. "There were physical evidence of beatings and torture to the front of his thighs, and at the back of his body, there were beating marks on his back (severe to the point that) it had swelled up. "The ears are stapled and there are staples left intact, which could be (clearly) seen on the ears.

Businessman shot dead in car

Name
 Age
 Date 
 Circumstance of death
S.Arumugam
48
3th April 2013
A businessman was gunned down in his car yesterday with several shots hitting the head and body.