A more rigorous reinvestigation must be done


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 01 Oct 2019

IN her finding of facts, Coroner Rofiah Mohamad announced that fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death due to injuries sustained during a riot in Subang Jaya, Selangor, last year, was the result of assault from unknown assailants.Consequently, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador reportedly said that the police will reinvestigate Adib’s death. It is pertinent that the police be given enough time and latitude to conduct their investigation professionally and in accordance with the country’s laws to ensure justice is served. Only after the police investigation has been concluded can the investigation papers be sent to the Attorney General for his consideration.

The verdict of an inquest, unlike a criminal conviction, does not impute liability against anyone. It is merely a way to find facts to determine how a victim died, 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.

The Malaysian Bar calls on the police to conduct a more thorough and rigorous reinvestigation to identify the perpetrators. The death of a public servant in the course of his/her duty should not be in vain.

The Malaysian Bar also calls upon the general public to exercise restraint and allow the police to conduct a fair investigation.

ABDUL FAREED ABDUL GAFOOR

President, Malaysian Bar


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