Cops arrest lawyer for threatening witness

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Jan 2003


PETALING JAYA: Police arrested lawyer P. Uthayakumar yesterday for allegedly threatening a witness of the inquest into the death of a police detainee in June last year. 

A police team from the state police contingent headquarters, led by Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Abu Bakar Mustaffa, arrested Uthayakumar outside the compound of the Sepang Magistrate's Court at 4.30pm yesterday while he was leaving after attending the inquest into the death of 19-year-old Tharmarajen Subramaniam. 

Tharmarajen was nabbed on suspicion of being involved in a fight on April 3 last year during Ops Copperhead aimed at nabbing members of Indian gangs. 

“Uthayakumar is alleged to have threatened the witness during a break in the inquest held on Sept 3 last year,'' said SAC II Abu Bakar. 

Tharmarajen died at the Putrajaya Hospital at 12.30am on June 21. His family claimed that their request for Tharmarajen to be given medical treatment was turned down several times.  

The family had claimed that Tharmarajen, who was suffering from asthma, was transferred from Brickfields to Cheras and then the Putrajaya district police headquarters before his death. 

They had alleged that Tharmarajen was only admitted to the hospital on June 16 but Putrajaya district police headquarters chief DSP Mohd Kamal Kordi was quoted as saying the youth had been receiving medical treatment in the hospital since June 6. 

The initial post-mortem report cited pneumonia as the cause of death but a second post-mortem conducted at the request of the family revealed that Tharmarajen died of tuberculosis. 

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