Siblings claim foul play over brother’s death in prison


PETALING JAYA: A group of siblings have filed a police report questioning the death of their younger brother who was just months from being released after having served almost 10 years in jail, The Star reported.

The three brothers and one sister of M Mageswaran said the family received a call on Monday morning from the Seremban Prison informing them that he had killed himself.

“I got a call at about 9.30am from an officer who told me that my brother had committed suicide in his cell at around 6am.

“Why would someone who had the rest of his life ahead of him kill himself after serving almost 10 years in jail?” M Ravi, 40, was quoted as saying, adding that the family was preparing to welcome Mageswaran home as he was scheduled to be released in July.

According to the daily, Mageswaran had been jailed after being found guilty of manslaughter in 2007, when he was 20.

The family said there was no indication during their last visit to see their brother that he would take his life.

“We last visited him on April 9 and he was cheerful. He was also healthy and looking forward to his release, Ravi told The Star after making the police reports with his siblings Mahantha­ran, 46, Putaran, 44 and Shanti, 43 at the Seremban 2 police station.

In the reports, the siblings also claimed there were bruises and injury marks on Mageswaran’s body.

There was some sign of danger to Mageswaran’s life, as his siblings recalled how he had said he received threats.

“He did tell us that he had been threatened a few times and was being mentally tortured, but he did not want to say more for fear of repercussions in case we lodged a police report,” Ravi was quoted as saying, as his brother Putaran questioned how Mageswaran could have gotten hold of the blanket with which he allegedly hanged himself.