Police: Shooting of Sarawakian in Indonesia beyond our jurisdiction

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PETALING JAYA: Sarawak police say they are unable to investigate the case of Chung Soon Teck, who was shot dead by Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN), as it is beyond the jurisdiction of police in the state.

“We are unable to investigate the incident as it occurred on foreign soil,” state CID chief Dev Kumar said in a press statement yesterday.

He said as such, it could not request the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) to conduct a post-mortem.

“We cannot request the hospital to conduct the post-mortem under such circumstances,” the Borneo Post Online quoted Dev Kumar as saying.

He said there was a misconception or perception that the police had failed or refused to allow a post-mortem to be conducted on the deceased.

He advised Chung’s family to engage a counsel to file an application at the High Court seeking an order for a post-mortem.

“The family must approach this matter through legal channels,” Dev Kumar said.

He said police had referred Chung’s case to Interpol Bukit Aman in order to notify the foreign affairs ministry to seek further details on the matter from the Indonesian authorities through diplomatic channels.

According to media reports, Chung was shot dead by BNN personnel last Saturday (Nov 18).

Chung’s family learnt of the incident through social media after his body was sent to SGH on Wednesday (Nov 22).

It was reported that Chung had gone to Indonesia on holiday when he was allegedly shot dead trying to escape after being arrested by BNN personnel in a drug bust in Entikong.