PETALING JAYA: A few minutes after Prime Minister Najib Razak wrote on his Facebook page that he wants a speedy investigation into the death of 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi, the police chief tweeted they had classified the case as murder.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said, “The police express our condolences to the family members of the deceased. The investigation of the case has been reclassified under Section 302 (of the Penal Code) for murder.”
Khalid also said police would be getting a full medical report from the hospital and completing their investigation soon.
Thaqif was admitted to Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru on April 19 for injuries to his legs after he was allegedly beaten by the assistant warden of the Islamic religious school he was attending.
On April 21, HSI doctors amputated Thaqif’s legs in a bid to prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of his body. The following day, the boy lapsed into a coma.
Doctors later found that his right arm had also turned necrotic.
Thaqif had been due for further surgery to amputate his right arm this morning. However, it was postponed as his heart was not in a stable condition. He died about 2pm today.
Meanwhile the assistant warden was arrested at his home in Felda Lok Heng Barat, Kota Tinggi, last Saturday, following a police report lodged against him on April 18 by Thaqif’s mother.
His remand order, due to expire today, was extended for another three days until Saturday to facilitate the probe into the case.
Thaqif’s aunt Dzuraidah Ahmad had previously told reporters that Thaqif had complained to his mother about the beatings and had also written in his diary about how the abuse had started last month.
“Dear Allah, please open my parents’ hearts to allow me to transfer to another school because I cannot stand it any more. Please, Allah, make my wishes come true,” a local daily quoted from one of Thaqif’s diary entries, as related by his aunt.