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Cops await autopsy report over lock-up death

PENANG, 9 April 2009: The police are still waiting for the autopsy report of a man who died in the lock-up of the Jalan Patani police station on 28 March.

Penang Contingent Police Headquarters Media Relations Officer Supt Shaharon Anuar Abdul Latif said that once the victim, Lim Sin Chong, 40, who was detained to help investigations into a murder case, was found dead in the lock-up, the police had taken the necessary actions.

“The incident was directly informed to the officer-in-charge of the station, district police chief, magistrate, coroner and pathology medical officer before further examinations were performed on the victim,” he said in a statement in response to a claim by the victim’s family that were other elements regarding Lim’s death.

He said the pathologists had examined the victim in the lock-up before taking the body to Penang Hospital for documentation and post-mortem, among others.

“Following the incident, Penang Chief Police Officer Datuk Ayub Yaakub had also given an explanation to the victim’s family regarding the case,” he said.

Shaharon said the case was being handled in orderly manner and according to the law.

Lock-up deaths have come under spotlight following the case of A Kugan, who died while in police custody five days after being arrested on 15 Jan.

Meanwhile, the Penang police are looking for a man to assist probes into a breach of trust case involving a local newspaper agency and loss of RM2.3 million.

Shaharon who is also State Commercial Crime Investigation Department Superintendent said the police were looking for Mohd Faizal Tan Abdullah, 38, whose last known address was C-382 Lorong 27, Taman Sejati Indah, Sungai Petani, Kedah.

He urged anyone who knew Faizal’s whereabouts to contact the investigating officer, C/Insp Jasmani Sarbini, at 04-2221780 or 2221591. — Bernama


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