What Exactly Takes Place In Police Custody? Asthma Attacks!!??
Posted by ErnieJean on January 22, 2009
OMG!!!!! Not another one!!!!!!
DEATH IN CUSTODY
On Wednesday, 21 January 2009, the family of KUGAN A/L ANANTHAN lodged a police report at IPD Subang Jaya with S.JAYATHAS Police Watch Malaysia, Lawyer N.Surendran, Kapar MP YB.Manikavasagam and Makkal SAKTHI.
POLICE WATCH MALAYSIA
Apparently, Kugan was arrested for stealing cars or something like that (must be some bigshot politician’s car huh?), and definitely did not warrant being tortured as the scars bear evidence!!
Police claimed that he died from asthma attack…..yea right…….asthma as a result of being attacked!!!???
Remember this other one that took place in Dec 23 2008?
A chap by the name of Prabakaran was arrested along with another teenager only known as Solomon. Both taken to Brickfields police stations. Both got abused. Prabakaran was poured hot boiling water on him. Subsequently, only after getting media attention, 7 police officers were charged. But apparently, the 17 year old Solomon is still missing.
This is really getting out of hand!!! What sort of law enforcement team have we employed? Is our police force a sort of legalised thuggish association? Is our police chief actually some “Godfather” wannabe? Why is it that most of the deaths involves suspects from a particular ethnic background?
Why am I asking such stupid questions that screams with obvious answers!!??
Back in 2003, the Asian Human Rights Commission reported that 2.2 persons per month died while in police custody (Read http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2003/458/ for more details on the report) and believed that the actual figure could reach up to at least one person killed per week because many cases had been left unreported or undetected.
In Amnesty Internation’s 2008 report (Read http://thereport.amnesty.org/eng/Regions/Asia-Pacific/Malaysia), at least 10 persons have died while being held up in police lock-ups last year. And while the police claimed all deaths were either due to suicide or health problems, many family members of the deceased have claimed to see bruises and wounds on the dead bodies.
Coupled with the recent police brutality on peace-loving candle-vigilers, it’s really not that hard to believe stories of torture in police hold-ups, is it?
What happened to the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC)!!?? Why are all our very vocal state and natonal police chiefs and the Home Minister so quiet on this matter?
Malaysians need to be demanding for answers, for heads to roll…….for as long as this is not looked into, no Malaysians will be safe………Not from the criminals and certainly not from the very ones who supposedly pledged to maintain peace and security.