IGP should clarify statement that Adib was assaulted, says cop probing case

Investigating officer Lew Keng Joe.

SHAH ALAM: A police investigating officer today told an inquest that the court should subpoena Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun over his statement that fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim was assaulted after a temple riot.

Lew Keng Joe, of Subang Jaya police headquarters, said this when questioned by lawyer Ahmad Taufiq Baharum, who is representing Adib’s family, on Fuzi’s statement.

He said such a statement by the IGP did not provide much help to his investigation.

Taufiq further questioned Lew how the country’s police chief would make such a statement on Adib’s situation.

To that, Lew said, “maybe you should subpoena the IGP and ask him”.

Earlier, Lew told the inquest he had seen photos of Adib when the fireman was initially admitted to Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) and said there were no injuries on the fireman’s face.

“If he was assaulted by others, he would have injuries on his head,” he said.

Lew also told the inquest that the investigation papers were reclassified as murder just before the post-mortem was conducted.

He said he was notified of the matter by the Selangor police just after Adib died on the night of Dec 17, 2018.

“I received this message from an officer in the state police when I was at Institut Jantung Negara that day.”

Adib’s case was initially investigated for attempted murder.

Lew said Adib’s post-mortem was done in the early hours of Dec 18 at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).

The inquest was called by the government amid conflicting claims on the cause of Adib’s death.

Adib was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27 last year to the temple area in response to a call that cars had been set on fire. He died at IJN on Dec 17.

The inquest will resume on March 9 and March 11 before coroner Rofiah Mohamad.

Two expert witnesses from the housing and local government ministry will testify then.