KUCHING: Police are advising the family of a man shot dead in Entikong, Indonesia, to engage legal counsel to request a court order for a post-mortem to be conducted.
State CID head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar said Malaysian police had no jurisdiction to investigate the case as the death occurred on foreign soil.
He said as such, it could not request the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) to conduct a post-mortem.
"We would like to clear the misconception that the police failed or refused to allow the post-mortem to be conducted on the deceased.
"We are advising the family members to engage a counsel to file an application at the High Court seeking a court order to that effect," he said in a statement on Friday.
SAC Dev also said police had referred the matter to Interpol Bukit Aman to notify Wisma Putra to seek further details of the case from the Indonesian authorities through diplomatic channels.
He was referring to the case of the late Chung Soon Teck, who was shot dead by Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency (BNN) last Saturday (Nov 18).
It was reported that his family learnt of the incident through social media after Chung's body was sent to SGH on Wednesday (Nov 22).
A family member was reported saying that no post-mortem was conducted on the body as the hospital had not received permission from the police.
Chung was said to have been in Indonesia on holiday when he was reportedly shot dead trying to escape after being arrested by BNN personnel in a drug bust in Entikong.
West Kalimantan BNN head Brigadier-General Nasrullah was reported saying that Chung was arrested as he was driving alone with 3kg of syabu heading to Pontianak from Entikong.
"The suspect and the evidence were then brought to Pontianak. But during the journey, there was a scuffle with the suspect who tried to escape.
"Enforcement personnel were forced to shoot and the suspect was said to have died instantly," Nasrullah was quoted saying.