Police to file lesser charge against assistant warden in tahfiz case

Noor-Rashid-Ibrahim-warden-thaqif-1KUALA LUMPUR: Police are looking at filing a reduced charge against an assistant warden suspected of abusing tahfiz school student Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi and causing his death after an autopsy found the boy died of leptospirosis.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the police could not proceed with an earlier proposed murder charge against the Madrasah Tahfiz Al-Jauhar warden based on the autopsy findings.

“We will propose a reduced charge of causing hurt to the deputy public prosecutor within this week,” he told reporters at a function in Bukit Aman here today.

He also said there would be an inquest open to the public.

Yesterday, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the forensic investigation on the remains of Thaqif showed he did not die of injuries through alleged beatings with a rubber hose.

“The autopsy found the tahfiz student passed away because of the disease and not due to trauma or injury as has been made viral (on social media),” he said.

“The cause of death was leptospirosis and it was complicated by skin necrosis and microthrombi (blood coagulation).

“It led to change in skin colour and failure in organ functions,” Noor Hisham was quoted as saying.

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria from rat urine.

Thaqif, 11, was admitted to Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru in April for leg injuries.

The injuries caused his legs to become infected, following which they were amputated.

Doctors wanted to amputate his right arm, which was also infected, but he died on April 26 before this could be done.

A 29-year-old assistant warden from the boarding school was subsequently arrested to facilitate investigations.

Police classified the case as murder after Thaqif’s death and the warden was released on a RM20,000 court bond.