Don’t ask me, I didn’t know, conducting officer says on police reports

Deputy public prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah.

SHAH ALAM: The conducting officer in the inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim says he was unaware that two forensic expert witnesses had lodged police reports over alleged attempts to influence them.

Deputy public prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah said he only found out about the matter from media reports.

“I do not know. I only found out through press reports today. It is best to ask those involved,” he told reporters outside the Coroner’s Court today.

Hamdan was asked to comment on police reports lodged by two forensic experts who had testified in the ongoing inquest into Adib’s death.

The reports by the duo from Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s (HKL) Department of Forensics were lodged at the Subang Jaya police station on Saturday.

Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat said the case had been classified under Section 189 of the Penal Code on the offence of threatening a public servant.

However, he added that police could not currently investigate the case as the inquest is still in session.

Adib, who was attached to the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Department, died days after he was believed to have been injured during clashes at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya, late last year.

At the inquest yesterday, conducting officer Faten Hadni Khairuddin urged the panel to recall HKL forensic expert Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi, who conducted a post-mortem on Adib.

Hafizam and Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood previously told the inquest they believed Adib might have stepped out from the medical van during the clashes, and that his injuries were not due to an assault.