PETALING JAYA: Four policemen, implicated in the death of N Dharmendran while in custody four years ago today, walked out of court as free men again.
The Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision last year to discharge and acquit Inspector S Hare Krishnan, Sergeant Jaffri Jaafar, Corporal Mohd Nahar Abd Rahman and Corporal Haswadi Zamri Shaari on charges of murder.
Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, who represented Jaffri, said the court’s decision was unanimous.
“The court found there is no reason to interfere with the findings of the High Court judge on the acquittal,” he told FMT.
Lawyers M Athimulan and Baljit Singh Sidhu, representing the other three policemen, confirmed the decision.
This is the third time the officers have been freed over Dharmendran’s death.
In November 2014, the four were freed by the High Court on the charge of murdering Dharmendran at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters in 2013.
The High Court ruled that the prosecution failed to establish the charge against them.
However, they were ordered to enter their defence in February last year after the Court of Appeal ruled on grounds that there was sufficient evidence to try them.
In June the same year, the four were acquitted again.
Dharmendran died on May 18, 2013 after being detained for alleged attempted murder involving firearms and was remanded. He had been kept in the lock-up for 10 days.