AG clarifies role following Adib's inquest, says police need to investigate first

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  • Monday, 30 Sep 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General's Chambers' (AGC) role in the case of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim only comes after the police have completed their probe, says Attorney-General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas.

"After the (police) investigation has been completed and the alleged perpetrator(s) have been identified by the police, the completed investigation paper (IP) is given to the deputy public prosecutor with the police's recommendation.

“It is at this stage that our role begins. We have to study the IP, review the recommendations of the police and charge the individuals concerned,” he said in a statement on Monday (Sept 30).

This comes following statements by certain parties who reportedly urged Thomas to find those responsible for Muhammad Adib’s death or step down from his position.

Thomas stressed that the AGC will not neglect its duties once the IP is handed over to them.

“Much speculation, most of which is misinformed, have arisen as to the steps that have to be taken by the various agencies of the government in the wake of last Friday’s (Sept 27) decision of the Coroner, Rofiah Mohamad, at the completion of the inquest looking into the tragic death of Muhammad Adib.

“The public should be assured that the office of the Public Prosecutor (AGC) takes its responsibilities under the law very seriously.

“No stone will be left unturned when the IP is delivered to us. The IP will be studied carefully and professionally. That is our promise,” he said.

He added that the Inspector-General of police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador has already publicly stated that police will investigate the case.

“They must be given the time and space to undertake their investigations. They have the resources of the state and the necessary experience and expertise to carry out their duties under the law," he said.

Malaysian Bar president Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor also said the verdict of the inquest is not like a criminal conviction, and that the authorities need to be given time to investigate thoroughly.

“It is to be reminded that the verdict of an inquest, unlike a criminal conviction, does not impute any liability against anyone.

“It is merely an exercise for the finding of facts, in determining how a deceased would have come upon his or her death; the cause of death; and if there were any criminal elements in it.

“Any verdict that touches on the involvement of ‘crime’ can only be acted upon based on concluded police investigations. Only upon the police concluding their investigations, can the investigation papers be sent to the AG for his consideration,” he said in a statement on Monday (Sept 30).

Adib, 24, became critically injured after he and his team from the Subang Jaya fire station responded to an emergency call at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple where a riot was taking place last year.

The fireman was taken to SJMC after he was found injured, before being transferred to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for further treatment, where he died on Dec 17, at 9.41pm.

The Coroner's Court had ruled on Friday that Adib's death was caused by two or more persons unknown.

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