Bar Council: Be transparent in investigating deaths

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 May 2004

PETALING JAYA: Be transparent when investigating the death of anyone in custody, the Bar Council of Malaysia has urged the Attorney-General and the Inspector-General of Police. 

In a statement yesterday, it called for an inquest into what the vice-chairman of the council, Yeo Yang Poh, said was “a trend that must be stopped.” 

“The frequency of deaths in police custody seems to be rising and the Royal Police Commission must take immediate action in demanding an inquest. 

“The recent case involving the disappearance of G. Francis Udayapan who escaped police custody in Brickfields and the recent death of another detainee in a police remand centre must be investigated. 

“The Bar Council is of the opinion that every death of an individual in police custody must be investigated and a transparent and public inquest be held,” Yeo told The Star later. 

G. Sara Lily identified a body found by police as that of her son, Udayapan, but police have not released the official post-mortem report. 

Yeo wanted the police to allow an independent post-mortem by a forensic expert chosen by Sara Lily. 

S. Manikavasagam, one of the lawyers giving free legal advice to the family of Udayapan, lodged a police report against Dang Wangi OCPD, ACP Hadi Ho Abdullah, yesterday. 

The report was in relation to the death of another detainee in the remand centre at Jalan Hang Tuah on May 23. 

Police have yet to release the identity of the detainee who was said to have died from injuries caused by a brutal beating from his cellmates.  

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