KUALA LUMPUR, 24 June 2009: The Attorney General (AG)’s Chambers will not take any action against the perpetrators of A Kugan‘s death before 21 Aug 2009.
“Investigations [into Kugan's death while in police detention] were scheduled to resume on 19 June 2009, but it has been delayed until 21 August 2009.
Nazri Aziz (File pic) A decision is expected after this date,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz in a written answer in Parliament today.
Nazri was answering a question from PKR MP for Batu, Tian Chua, on 22 June.
Nazri explained that the delay was due to a Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) inquiry into a complaint made against Dr Abdul Karim Tajuddin.
Dr Abdul Karim was responsible for the first post-mortem into Kugan’s death. This post-mortem, conducted at Serdang Hospital, stated that Kugan had died because of fluid accumulation in the lungs.
However, Kugan’s family demanded for a second post-mortem to be independently conducted after they found his body bruised and marked.
The second post-mortem found that 22-year-old Kugan was beaten so badly while in police custody that he died of kidney failure.
An independent committee investigating the two post-mortem reports later concluded that Kugan died of swelling or fluid build-up in the lungs, due to acute inflammation of the heart muscle compounded by blunt force trauma.
Previously, Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail classified Kugan’s death as murder.
Tian Chua “The Attorney General has not begun the prosecution of this case in court, because it wants to obtain all testimony, without omission,” Nazri said. “This includes waiting for the outcome of the inquiry by the MMC.”
Chua, in a press conference in Parliament today, accused the government of delaying the case.
“Whether [Abdul Karim] breached [professional] ethics or the trust of the people is not the issue. It is not our problem, it is the government’s,” Chua said.
“My question is the status of the case and when they are going to proceed with the prosecution of the suspects,” he added.
“This shows they are not seriously investigating a crime that happened in police confinement,” Chua said.