30 to testify at inquest into Adib’s death


SHAH ALAM: Thirty people will be called to testify at the inquest into fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death.

At the inquest’s case management yesterday, its coordinating officer DPP Hamdan Hamzah told coroner Rofiah Mohamad that out of the 30, six will be doctors who had treated Muhammad Adib as well as the pathologist who had conducted the post-mortem.

The others would be members of the Fire and Rescue Department, policemen and relevant members of the public.

Rofiah set Feb 11 to Feb 28, March 1, 4, 5 and March 19 to 29 as well as April 1 to 12 for the inquest to be heard. Hamdan will be leading a three-member team from the Attor­ney General’s Chambers.

Muhammad Adib, 24, who was the Fire and Rescue Department’s Emergency Medical Response Ser­vice Unit member, was seriously injured during a riot at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Nov 27. He succumbed to his injuries on Dec 17.

A team of five lawyers, headed by Mohd Kamaruzaman Wahab, will represent Muhammad Adib’s family while Syazlin Mansoor will represent the Housing and Local Government Ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department.

Rofiah allowed lawyer Mansoor Saat’s application to hold a watching brief for the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam).

Rofiah also set Jan 31 to hear submissions whether the Bar Council and Temple Task Force lawyers, Cyrus Tiu Foo Woei and Siti Kasim, can take part in the inquest or merely hold a watching brief.

Lawyers representing the parties can question the witnesses while those holding watching briefs cannot. Rofiah also asked for the six doctors as well as the case’s investigating officer to submit witness statements before the inquest starts.

“The statements are needed so that we will have a general understanding from the start,” she said.

Rofiah also ruled that lawyers will not be permitted to repeat the same questions given the need to expedite the case.

Attorney General Tommy Thomas had ordered the inquest in accordance with Section 339 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code in his capacity as prosecutor.

Hamdan also said videos pertai­ning to the riots, which had gone viral on social media, will also be played during the inquest.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement recently that the inquest was being held to determine if Adib’s demise was caused or expedited by the illegal actions of others.

He added that the police already recorded statements from several persons of interest and conducted a reenactment of the incident that led to Muhammad Adib’s injuries.