Friday, July 31, 2009

Lawyer: "Police killed Kugan!"

By Jeff Ooi,

Mysterious deaths while in government's custody -- Kugan Ananthan in police complex, and yes, Teoh Beng Hock in MACC premises.

Lawyer N Surendran was quoted in Malaysiakini as saying the following, today:

“We say it openly - the police killed Kugan. We have no doubt about it. If it is not true, they can charge us for criminal defamation...

“The death occurred because of murder and torture which happened in January but now it is now July, and we ask why are the murderers and torturers in uniform allowed to walk free in this country,” expressed Surendran.

Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom today, Surendran also lambasted attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail for not taking speedy action to identify and prosecute Kugan's murderers.

Post-mortem samples confiscated

Meanwhile, the High Court will announce next Tuesday, August 4, its decision on the preliminary objection from the prosecution over the return of A. Kugan's post-mortem samples which were confiscated from the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) by the police.

The items that were seized include bodily fluids and tissue samples, photographs, documents and other materials relating to the second post-mortem done on Kugan by UMMC pathologist, Dr Prashant N Sambekar Prashant.

The initial post-mortem, conducted by Dr Abdul Karim Tajuddin of Serdang Hospital, stated that the Kugan had died from “fluid accumulation” in his lungs. It was rejected by Kugan's family.