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Monday August 26, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday August 26, 2013 MYT 7:44:55 AM
by christopher tan
GEORGE TOWN: The Government is prepared to conduct an inquest into the recent shootout during which police killed five men at an apartment in Sungai Nibong here.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said this was not a problem as such a system was already in place.
“An inquest can be done even if it involved criminals (or suspected criminals),” she told reporters at Eastin Hotel on Saturday after attending a Hari Raya dinner organised by the Penang Bar Committee.
Nancy said the case was, however, still under police investigation. “Once completed, it could be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for an inquest,” she added.
Politicians, led by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waythamoorthy and DAP chairman Karpal Singh had urged the A-G to conduct the inquest.
Waythamoorthy, who is also a Hindraf founder, was quoted as saying that “no one in the right frame of mind would believe that there was an actual shootout between the police and the suspects”.
It was earlier reported that police had gunned down the members of the notorious Gang 04 in a shootout at the 11th floor apartment unit at about 4.30am on Aug 19.
Police said ballistic tests on three firearms recovered showed that they were used in at least 12 murder or attempted murder cases. The five were J. Gobinath, 31, R. Ramesh, 27, N. Rakan, 25, M. Suresh, 25, and M. Gobinath, 21.
On another matter, Nancy said the Bankruptcy Act 1967 amendment, which enabled bankrupts to be discharged more easily, had been submitted to the A-G’s Chambers for examination.
“The Malaysian Insolvency Department and the Attorney-General are fine tuning the amendment,” she said, adding that the amendment was scheduled to be tabled in Parliament at the end of the year.
Nancy also said 21% of the court cases nationwide, from Jan 1 to July 31 this year, had representation from the National Legal Aid Foundation, which helps those accused who could not afford legal fees.
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