Court orders second post-mortem in custodial death case

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SHAH ALAM: The High Court here today ordered a second post-mortem to be conducted on S Balamurugan, who died in police custody on Feb 8.

Justice Azman Husin allowed the application by Balamurugan’s younger brother, Balraj, to have the second post-mortem carried out on the remains.

Deputy public prosecutor Fakhizaa Abu Bakar did not object to the application.

With the court order, Balamurugan’s remains will now be transferred from Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang, to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) for the second post-mortem, as per the application by Balraj.

Balraj said through his affidavit that the family could not accept the Klang hospital’s conclusion from the first post-mortem which stated his brother had died due to “heart problems”.

He also claimed Balamurugan was injured and had vomited blood when he was taken to the Magistrates Court for a remand hearing.

“Two other suspects that were held together with my brother told our lawyer they were beaten by the police,” Balraj said.

Balamurugan, 44, died on Feb 8 while in police custody. According to news reports, he was found with his face badly swollen and bleeding.

He was detained on Feb 6 and taken to court to obtain remand the next day.

The Magistrate’s Court rejected the remand order and ordered Balamurugan to be freed but the police did not release him.

North Klang police chief Mohd Yusoff Mamat was reported by Bernama as saying that 10 policemen at the North Klang police headquarters are under investigation for Balamurugan’s death.

However, Yusoff said none of the officers has been suspended from work.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) are also investigating Balamurugan’s death.

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