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Saturday April 18, 2009

Kugan’s parents appear before inquiry

KUALA LUMPUR: The parents of A. Kugan, who died in police custody, appeared before an inquiry looking into the possible misconduct on the first post-mortem conducted on Kugan.

G. Ananthan and N. Indra arrived at the Health Ministry at 3.30pm yesterday and met a six-man Preliminary Investigation Committee, headed by Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) member Datuk Dr Megat Burhainuddin Megat Abdul Rahman.

Serdang Hospital’s pathologist Prof Dr Abdul Karim Tajuddin, who performed the first post-mortem on Kugan, and his lawyer also appeared before the committee.

Kugan’s parents submitted two post-mortem reports conducted on Kugan and a police report which they lodged against Prof Dr Abdul Karim to the committee.

Their lawyer S. Surendran said his clients were cross-examined by Prof Dr Abdul Karim’s counsel Datuk Salehuddin Saidin during the two-hour inquiry.

The inquiry was called after the couple complained to MMC claiming that the first post-mortem was “improperly done”.

The inquiry adjourned at 5.30pm and would be continued on June 19.

Kugan, 22, died five days after he was detained for car theft on Jan 15.

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