KUALA LUMPUR: The majority of the 66 persons of interest whose mugshots were circulated in connection with the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, are required to come forward as soon as possible, says Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pic).
The Bukit Aman CID director said the mugshots were released late last year and added that only 10 of them have presented themselves to the police so far.
"We need their cooperation to assist with the ongoing murder investigation. We are giving them time to come forward but if they fail to do so, we will release their mugshots again," he told a press conference at Bukit Aman on Wednesday (Oct 9).
Comm Huzir said police will also call up two expert witnesses - Prof Shahrom Abd Wahif and Dr Amir Radzi Ab Ghani - to record their statements pertaining to the investigation.
"During the inquest at the Coroner's Court, 30 witnesses had been called up to testify.
"28 of them were witnesses whose statements have been recorded by police, except these two experts. They will be called up as soon as possible," he said.
Following the Coroner's Court ruling, Comm Huzir said the police have received instructions from the Attorney General's Chambers on Oct 4 to continue their investigations into Adib's death.
"We will call up those who can assist the investigation," he said.
On the speculations that four men who were detained earlier were connected to Adib's death, Comm Huzir clarified that they were not involved.
"The four men were among those who were detained for rioting, trespass and causing mischief by fire at the MCT tower.
"They were not involved in Adib's death. I hope this clears the air once and for all," he said.
Comm Huzir attributed some media headlines on Dec 10 last year as a source of confusion that linked the four men to Adib's death.
On Sept 27, the Coroner’s Court ruled that Adib’s death was caused by two or more persons unknown after 41 days of hearings.
Sessions Court judge Rofiah Mohamad who sat as coroner for the inquest concluded that the blunt chest trauma injuries sustained by Adib were not self-inflicted nor caused by an accident during the Nov 27 riot outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya.
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