Jan 23, 09 5:13pm
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Following a massive public outcry, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail has classified the death of Kugan Ananthan as murder and an investigation is underway.MORE
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By SHARON LING
PUTRAJAYA: Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail said he has classified the death of suspected car thief Kugan, who died while in police custody, as murder.
Earlier in KUCHING, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said a full investigation will be carried out into the death.
He said although the post-mortem report found that Kugan had died due to fluid in his lungs, police would conduct an in-depth investigation to find out what had transpired.
”We will not cover up anything,” he told reporters after chairing the first tripartite meeting between the chiefs of the Royal Malaysian Police, Royal Brunei Police Force and Indonesia National Police here on Friday.
The 22-year-old Kugan died in police custody on Tuesday while being questioned in relation to several luxury car thefts.
Musa also said Kugan’s family members should not have gone into the Serdang Hospital mortuary to view the body as it could be considered tampering with evidence.
”This should not have happened and we will also investigate it as a report has been lodged,” he said.
The People’s Parliament : http://harismibrahim.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/photos-of-the-funeral-procession-yesterday/
The Malaysian Bar Council : http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/press_statements/press_release_shocking_death_in_police_custody_prompt_and_serious_action_required.html
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Mr IGP, if the family members would have not barged in and take photos as evidence, this case would have been like the many other custodial deaths that went unknown.