PETALING JAYA: Lawyer N Surendran says the inspector-general of police and attorney-general must explain the failure to obtain justice in the case of N Dharmendran, who died in police custody in 2013.
He expressed disbelief that no police officer has been held responsible for the alleged “brutal murder” of Dharmendran despite the presence of clear facts and evidence in the case.
In a statement today, the lawyer said the post-mortem report had conclusively stated that Dharmendran died from multiple blunt force trauma, including from having his ears stapled as a form of torture.
“There is also no doubt that the death occurred in police custody, which means that the identity of the policemen who had access to the victim would be known to investigators.
“How then, could they fail to secure even a single conviction?”
On April 18, the Court of Appeal acquitted four policemen implicated in Dharmendran’s death in custody.
In doing so, it 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 of the murder charges.
This marked the third time the officers had been freed over Dharmendran’s death.
Surendran said Dharmendran’s family was “stunned” by the acquittal.
He called on the police, as the body which had carried out the investigation, and the Attorney-General’s Chambers, which prosecuted the case, to accept full responsibility for “the continuing failure of justice”.
He also urged the prosecution to consider appealing the acquittals to the Federal Court.
Dharmendran died on May 18, 2013 after being detained for alleged attempted murder involving firearms. He was remanded and detained in lock-up for 10 days.