Remand extended for 3 navy personnel in death probe


LUMUT: The remand of three Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) personnel, who were detained on Oct 1 to facilitate investigations into the death of two colleagues last week, has been extended by seven days from tomorrow.

Magistrate Ainul Bashiirah Dona Don Biyajid issued the order on the three suspects, aged 29, 37 and 44, at the Seri Manjung Magistrate’s Court here today for the case to be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

The three, who were assigned to the detention room at the RMN Communications Unit, Sungai Wangi, Sitiawan, during the incident, arrived at the court compound at about 8.50am and were taken away one hour later.

On Oct 1, seamen Muhammad Baihaqy Nik Mat, 28, and Muhammad Lailatuliman Mohd Sukri, 26, died while in detention, believed to have been from being assaulted, based on post-mortem reports from the Permaisuri Bainun Hospital Pathology Department in Ipoh.

The post-mortem on Nik Muhammad Baihaqy revealed that his death was due to bleeding of the lungs caused by blunt trauma, while Muhammad Lailatuliman died due to lung bleeding and blunt trauma to soft tissues.

Yesterday, the court extended the four-day remand of two other suspects, aged 29 and 37, to assist investigations in the case of two personnel who claimed they were assaulted at the same detention centre.

The men, both in their 30s, lodged a police report on Oct 2 and are now being treated at the Armed Forces Hospital here.

The case is being investigated under Section 325/506 of the Penal Code for causing serious injuries and committing criminal intimidation.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun reportedly said so far police had arrested seven people, all of whom were guards at the detention centre.