IPOH: The police here have asked for the go-ahead to proceed with an inquest into the death of a suspect while in custody.
District police chief Asst Comm Che Sab Hanafiah said they were waiting for the green light from the Attorney-General’s (A-G) Chambers.
The police had completed their investigation into the case and the papers had been submitted to the A-G, he said after witnessing the handing over of duties to the new Bukit Merah officer-in-charge of station yesterday.
He was when commenting on a statement by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob who was quoted as saying that it was odd that deputy public prosecutors and magistrates had decided no inquest was necessary for 22 deaths in policy custody between 2000 and 2004.
ACP Che Sab said the 39-year-old suspect detained on suspicion of killing an inmate of a nursing home at Jalan Labrooy here died at the Ipoh Hospital without regaining consciousness.
“Police had found him unconscious in the lock-up,” he added.