PETALING JAYA: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has decried the death of Azri Mohamed, who died while in custody, allegedly from being beaten while in the Pengkalan Chepa prison.
It was earlier reported that the 27-year-old had been rushed to Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II’s Intensive Care Unit on Aug 15 and had lapsed into a coma after undergoing surgery.
He was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning.
“Suaram was deeply concerned when it was informed by the family of the victim that although he was beaten until his health reached a critical condition, there has yet to be any investigation by the relevant authorities,” said Suaram’s executive director Sevan Doraisamy in a statement on Wednesday.
Sevan said that the use of violence against prisoners not only contravened Malaysian law but also international law and the Inspector-General of Police’s Standing Orders (IGSO).
He said that Suaram demanded that the cause of the Azmi’s death be immediately investigated in transparent and serious manner.
“Death in custody is far more cruel than the death penalty, where the offender sentenced to death has been tried and proven guilty,” said Sevan.
It was reported that Azmi’s sister, Norsyazmira, had said that medical staff had informed her that her brother needed his ruptured intestines removed and that it was likely due to having been beaten.She said her brother had confided in her, during one of her visits, that he had been beaten but did not reveal by whom.