Detainee dies in Pengkalan Chepa lock-up


PETALING JAYA: A 38-year-old man has died in the Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan police lock-up.

According to Bukit Aman Integrity and Standards Compliance department director Comm Datuk Seri Azri Ahmad, the death occurred on Wednesday (Nov 22).

The detainee was temporarily placed in the lock-up from Pengkalan Chepa Prison for a court case.

"The detainee had just been sentenced at the Pengkalan Chepa Magistrate's Court to two years' jail from the date of his arrest, July 5, under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," he said in a statement on Friday (Nov 24).

According to Comm Azri, the detainee said he was feeling unwell at 7.42pm on Wednesday and medical personnel were called in.

"The personnel, from the Pengkalan Chepa Health Clinic, arrived later and pronounced him dead.

"An autopsy was conducted at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II in Kota Baru and found no injuries related to (foul play)," he said, adding that the deceased also tested negative for Covid-19.

He said laboratory results to confirm the cause of death are pending.

"The Crime and Death in Custody Investigations Unit will continue to investigate the case before handing over its findings to the Coroner," he said.

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