Suaram wants probe on death at Pengkalan Chepa Prison


PETALING JAYA: Human rights group Suaram has claimed yet another person has died after being sent to prison.

It said the latest involved the death of 27-year-old Azri Mohamed at the Pengkalan Chepa Prison, Kelantan.

Azri was reportedly brought into the intensive care unit of the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in critical condition on Aug 15 and passed away at 7.45am this morning.

Suaram Executive Director Sevan Doraisamy claimed there had been no investigation and the hospital had tried to obstruct the autopsy process.

Malaysiakini reported that Sevan said the use of force against detainees was against the law.

Sevan called for investigations into Azri’s death to be conducted in a transparent manner.

On Aug 18, Sinar Harian reported that the youth was sent to prison on July 14.

The daily also reported that Azri told his sister, Norsyazmira, who visited him on Aug 10, that he had been beaten but did not state who had done so.

Azri was taken to hospital after he complained of chest and abdominal pains. It is believed his intestines had ruptured.

The report also said prison officials promised to investigate the matter if their personnel were found to be involved.

Azri was earlier charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for possession of drugs.