Court closes inquest into Adib’s death

SHAH ALAM: The Coroner’s Court here today decided to close the inquest proceedings into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, saying the witness testimonies so far are enough for it to deliver a verdict.

Coroner Rofiah Mohamad made the decision during case mention.

She also invited interested parties such as Adib’s family and the housing and local government ministry to file submissions to assist the court in making a decision.

Lawyer Taufiq Baharum, representing Adib’s family, agreed to do so. However, senior federal counsel Suzana Atan said the ministry had not decided whether to file a submission.

Rofiah set Aug 21 for next mention pending the submissions by Adib’s family lawyers.

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

He was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27 to the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple area in answer to a call that cars had been set on fire. He died at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.

The inquest started on Feb 11. The court took 41 days to hear testimonies from eyewitnesses and expert witnesses.