Adib’s family seeking apology, not jail time for AG, says lawyer

Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla (right) and his team of lawyers at the Coroner’s Court in Shah Alam.

SHAH ALAM: The family of fireman Adib Mohd Kassim wants Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to apologise for alleged contempt of court over an affidavit filed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) stating how Adib had died, ahead of the Coroner’s Court ruling on the matter.

Speaking to reporters, lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who is representing Adib’s family, said his client had no intention to see Thomas jailed.

He said they made this clear to the Coroner’s Court today.

“What is important is that if the court finds, as we believe, that Thomas is in contempt of court, we want him to apologise to the court and Adib’s family, and promise this would not happen again,” he said.

The Coroner’s Court, led by Rofiah Mohamad, has set Aug 21 to hear the ex parte application filed to have Thomas referred to committal proceedings. Thomas was represented by senior lawyer S Narkunavathy.

On July 16, Adib’s father, Mohd Kassim Abdul Hamid, filed an application to begin committal proceedings against Thomas over the cause of his son’s death, after the AGC’s affidavit stated that Adib did not die of injuries from an attack.

The manner in which Adib’s injuries were caused has been a subject of controversy.

Adib, 24, was part of the emergency response (EMRS) team sent from the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue station to the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple area with other firemen to put out fires to cars caused by rioters on Nov 27.

He died three weeks later at the National Heart Institute.

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