NGO sounds alarm over death in custody of Nepalese national

The Jinjang police station in Kuala Lumpur where a Nepalese national is said to have died in custody.

PETALING JAYA: An NGO against deaths and abuse in custody raised concerns today over the reported death of a Nepalese national at the Jinjang lock-up in Kuala Lumpur.

Citing sources, Eliminating Deaths and Abuse in Custody Together (EDICT) said Dhan Bahdur, 26, died on May 31, five days after he was remanded.

“According to sources, Bahdur was ‘recorded dead at 8.20am’ by a paramedic from the Selayang hospital,” it added.

“EDICT reminds the police, the public and the government that under the Police Act, the police are responsible for the well-being of all detainees.”

In a statement signed by its executive director Khalid Mohd Ismath, the NGO also said the body was not viewed in-situ or on site by the coroner as required by law.

It said Section 334 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) requires the immediate notification of a magistrate or coroner in the event of a death in custody.

The viewing of bodies in-situ before they are moved, meanwhile, is provided for under Section 330 of the same law.

“Yet is appears that Bahdur’s body was not viewed in-situ by the KL coroner,” EDICT said, adding that it had not been able to confirm claims that this was due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19.

It urged the chief registrar of the Federal Court to reveal whether or not authorities had complied with the CPC in the matter.

It also called on Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim to make public the details of the case.

When contacted, a spokesman at the Nepalese embassy in Kuala Lumpur said it had not received any consular notice about the matter, either from the Malaysian side or the police station in question.

“We will check,” Second Secretary (Rescue & Repatriation, Jail & Detention) Pratik Karki told FMT.

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