Suaram wants prosecution to appeal Dharmendran case

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KUALA LUMPUR: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has expressed disappointment with a court decision freeing four police officers who allegedly caused the death of N. Dharmendran in police custody. “The prosecution should ensure that all involved in the case would not escape justice.”

In April 2016, reminded the NGO, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) delivered a substantive report on the death of Dharmendran. The report’s findings suggest that some police officers were directly or indirectly involved with altering documentation and evidence relating to the death of Dharmendran.

Further, said Suaram, the report also highlights the weak links in the operating procedures of the police on custodial deaths and recommended action be taken against officers responsible for allegedly altering documentation and records relating to Dharmendran’s detention.

Given the availability of clear evidence indicating complicity, said the NGO, it was of paramount importance that criminal sanction be made against all those responsible for causing the death of Dharmendran.

With the clear evidence of physical violence against the deceased, continued the statement, failure to prosecute would be a travesty of justice. “If the prosecution was incapable of producing sufficient evidence for a charge of murder, it must re-evaluate its approach to the case.”