Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dhamendran’s case : Cops charged for murder

Free Malaysia Today, 5 June 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Three police personnel were charged at the Magistrates Court here today for alleged involvement in the death-in-custody of N Dhamendran.
However, no plea were recorded from the three –Jaffri Jaafar, 44,  Mohd Nahar Abd Rahman, 45, and Mohd Haswadi Zamri Shaari, 32.
The trio, were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, for causing Dharmendran’s death, together with another person who is still at large.
The charge carries the death penalty upon conviction.
Earlier today Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail said the policeman would be charged in court today for murder.
In a statement, he said the decision to charge the policeman was made after a report on the investigation of the detainee’s death was sent to his office yesterday.
He said the investigation was carried out by a special team.
Abdul Gani said although he regretted the incident, he praised the police for the quick action taken to investigate the case.
This reflected the commitment of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) in upholding the integrity of the force, he added.
Dhamenderen, 31,  died in the cell of his lockup at the D9 branch of the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters last May 21 while in remand for attempted murder.
The remand order was for 10days from May 12.
Abdul Ghani said based on a post-mortem conducted by the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on May 22, Dhamenderen died due to diffused soft tissue injuries caused by multiple blunt force trauma.
“The Attorney-General Chambers views seriously the latest incident on the death of detainee while being detained by an enforcement agency and is committed to address any form of abuse that caused Dhamenderen’s death,” he added.