Cops exhaust all legal means and assets in murder probe

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has exhausted all legal means and police assets in investigating the murder of Zayn Rayyan Abdul Matiin, says Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain (pic).

The CID director said the department has used all manpower, expertise and assets throughout the investigation for the past six months.

“We even formed a task force to study all evidence and statements collected.

“These officers went through thousands of pages of transcripts, CCTV clips and dashcam footage as well as reports from pathologists and digital forensic experts.

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“We have exhausted all assets and expertise in our quest to ensure justice for Zayn Rayyan,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman yesterday.

Asked whether a long-standing “debt” has been repaid upon the conclusion of the case, he said all credit should be given to his officers and personnel.

He commended all officers and personnel involved, who have worked very hard in the course of the investigation.

“They spent all their time and energy for the past six months in pursuit of this case.

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“They showed utmost discipline, dedication and commitment. Some of them did not even have the chance to go home to their families as they put the case first,” Comm Mohd Shuhaily said.

He said the mystery of the case would only be uncovered during the trial of Zayn Rayyan’s parents.

“As far as police investigation is concerned, we have concluded our part until it leads to a prosecution.

“Thus, we hope all Malaysians will stop speculating as the trial will start next month.

“All will be revealed during trial. Let us pray that justice will be served,” he said.

While he was proud of the achievement of his officers and personnel, he said the prosecution against Zayn Rayyan’s parents was the best outcome following discussion between the police and the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

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“We were so close, yet so far,” Comm Mohd Shuhaily said, uttering the words towards the end of the press conference.

He said the case was initially opened under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder based on leads, evidence gathered and post-mortem report.

“Based on a thorough discussion with the Attorney General’s Chambers , they felt that for now, the suitable law to be used (to prosecute the suspects) is under Section 31(1) of the Child Act 2001, which carries up to RM50,000 fine or up to 20 years’ imprisonment or both upon conviction.

“However, we will investigate further if there is any instruction from the AGC depending on the trial proceedings,” he said.

On allegation that lawyers were not given access to Zayn Rayyan’s parents while they were under remand, he said it was the discretion of the police to do so under Section 28A(8) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

“The Special Investigation Powers under the same section allows the police to do so.

“We have no ulterior motive except to use all legal means to achieve the best outcome for the investigation,” he said.

On May 31, Zayn Rayyan’s parents were arrested at Puncak Alam at about 11am and held under remand to assist the police investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

On Dec 5, last year, Zayn Rayyan was reported missing in Damansara Damai and his body was found near a stream about 200m from his home at the Idaman Apartment the next day.

A post-mortem revealed injuries to his neck and body, leading to the conclusion that he had been killed.

During the investigation, police forensic teams combed the location where the body was found as well as the surrounding areas in Damansara Damai.

A mass DNA screening was also conducted, and 228 samples were collected.

Witnesses, including those who claimed to have last seen the autistic child alive, were also brought to the scene to assist investigators.

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