KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of police Abdul Hamid Bador has suggested that police set up a task force to look into the testimony provided by expert pathologists who looked into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Muhd Kassim.
This followed a dead end in police investigations into the highly publicised death, he said.
Hamid said police had exhausted all means to find reliable witnessed who could clearly testify that they had seen Adib being dragged and assaulted.
This was in spite of the Coroner’s Court ruling that he was killed by more than two unidentified individuals, after a 41-day inquest into the death.
Hamid maintained that investigations were ongoing.
“This does not mean we are delaying it. There is no cover-up,” he said.
He said that following the inquest, police had recalled all 30 witnesses, and also called 52 new witnesses, to record their statements.
They included the two firemen who were nearest to Adib when he died. “Before this, the firemen consistently testified that they did not see anybody hitting the deceased. Therefore, there were no statements that could relate to him getting killed,” he said.
Another witness was a doctor from IJN who claimed he was given a signed dying declaration indicated by Adib through sign language. “We called him again to see if the methods he used were appropriate.”
Adib died at IJN from injuries he received after being despatched to the scene of a riot outside of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya in November 2018.
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