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Family to send Kugan’s tissue samples to Oz

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Feb 2009: The family of A Kugan, the car thief suspect who died while in police custody, will send samples taken from his body for analysis in Australia.

The lawyer representing the family, N Surendran, said they decided to do so as they claimed that there was interference by the authorities during the first post-mortem carried out on 21 Jan.

“They will pay for all the cost of sending the samples,” he said when met at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) here.

He said that the result of the second post-mortem — which was carried out after the family claimed that there were injuries on Kugan’s body – was expected to be known in the next seven to 10 days.

The first post-mortem reported that Kugan’s death was due to accumulation of fluid in the lungs.

Surendran said the results of the analysis in Australia would be sent directly to the family without going through the authorities.

Kugan, 23, was arrested on suspicion of being involved in luxury car theft in Sungai Chua, Kajang on 15 Jan and died while in detention at the USJ Subang Jaya lock-up on 20 Jan. — Bernama


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