KUALA LUMPUR, 2 March 2009: Pekida and Badan Bertindak Rakyat Malaysia, two non-governmental organisations (NGOs), today lodged a police report against Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
The report was lodged against Abdul Gani for classifying the death of A Kugan while in police custody as murder without first getting the views of a magistrate and a pathologist.
Federal Territory Pekida chairperson Roslan Dahaman said the report was being made to ensure there was no abuse of power and to remind the AG not to disregard the views of other parties.
“Gani did not consider the input of these two parties (magistrate and pathologist) when he claimed Kugan was murdered, instead of (accepting) there was water in his lungs as was confirmed in the autopsy report earlier.
“As such, we ask that he review his decision,” Roslan told reporters after lodging the report at the Sentul police station here.
Roslan said the AG’s remarks on the case could be misinterpreted and appear like encouraging criminal conduct as well as protecting criminals.
He added that the police should not be faulted over Kugan’s death as they were only doing their job and this issue would only portray the force negatively in the public’s eyes.
Roslan was accompanied by Badan Bertindak Rakyat Malaysia secretary Naseron Ismail in making the report.
Sentul ACP Zakaria Pagan confirmed receiving the report.
“However, the case will be handled by Putrajaya police as they (the two NGOs) had also lodged a similar report at the Putrajaya police headquarters on 23 Jan,” he said.
Kugan, 22, a suspected car thief who had been under remand to assist investigations, died at the Serdang Hospital on 19 Jan after a bout of vomiting. — Bernama