Friday, February 06, 2009

Family to send samples from Kugan’s body to Aussie lab

Family to send samples from Kugan’s body to Aussie lab
Friday, 06 February 2009 07:45am
©The Star (Used by permission)
by Andrew Sagayam

KUALA LUMPUR: Samples taken from A. Kugan’s body during the second post-mortem would be sent to Australia for further analysis, said Kugan’s family lawyer N. Surendran.

He said they had initially wanted to send the samples to Singapore but there was some reluctance on their (Singapore’s) part resulting in them choosing Australia instead.

He also said one of the reason why thy had to send the samples overseas was because the family did not have any faith in the local laboratories.

“The samples will be sent to Australia in 10 days time as the forensic pathologist who conducted the post-mortem on Kugan’s body is still having it with him,” he said.

Kugan who was arrested on Jan 14 for suspected involvement in a car theft syndicate collapsed and died in the police station during interrogation on Jan 20.

The first post-mortem result revealed Kugan died of fluid in the lungs but the family unhappy with the findings requested for a second post-mortem to be conducted at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.

In a related development, Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam handed a memorandum to the Inspector-General of Police demanding the immediate dismissal of Selangor police chief DCP Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar.

The memorandum was received by ASP Rusli Sardi from the Bukit Aman public relations division at 11.30am Thursday.

Manikavasagam claimed that DCP Khalid had alleged that Kugan’s family, two Deputy Ministers and 50 others had stormed into the Serdang Hospital mortuary where Kugan’s body was kept.

He also handed over a DVD purportedly showing the security guard opening the mortuary doors for the family.

seals: I would do that, looking at how police is today in Malaysia

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