SHAH ALAM: The wife of fugitive Michael Soosai claims the police have not returned several items seized from her house in Kota Kemuning here recently.
S. Kumari's lawyer Gerard Lazarus told the Sessions Court here that the police only returned three items on Monday – jewellery taken from a safety box in a bank, a car and two motorcycles.
He said the car's stereo unit had been ripped off.
Kumari had claimed trial in May to producing a false certificate of Soosai’s death on Sept 25, 2003, at the Shah Alam court.
She also denied cheating DPP Salehuddin Saidin in the Selangor state legal adviser’s office on Oct 1, 2003, when she submitted the death certificate to get the court to withdraw several fraud charges against her husband.
Lazarus told Judge Suraya Othman that he was told by ASP Suresh Subramaniam of the Cheras district CID to send a lorry to the police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to cart away the goods on Wednesday.
“When I arrived with two lorries in the afternoon, he was not around. The policemen present refused to let me take away the goods because they did not receive any instruction to allow for the release of the items,” he said.
Lazarus said he called ASP Suresh, who allegedly became abusive and said his career had been damaged by his client.
He said he lodged a report on the matter at the Tun H.S. Lee police station on Thursday.
Lazarus urged the court to give him a month to file a miscellaneous criminal application for the return of the remaining items allegedly still with the police.
To a question by the judge, DPP Azmi Ariffin said he had contacted the police over the alleged seizure.
Judge Suraya said it was the first time in her court that a counsel had applied for the return of seized items even before the case started.
She also asked about the tables and fans seized from the house, saying she could not understand how these items were related to Kumari’s charge of producing a false death certificate and cheating a DPP using the death certificate.
Judge Suraya fixed Aug 11 for continuation of the hearing.