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Public hearing for detainee death



KUALA LUMPUR:  Ten witnesses will be called for the first session of a public hearing by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) investigating the death of detainee N. Dharmendran in a police lock-up, two years ago.

The first session which started today before two EAIC commissioners, Vinayak Prabhakar Pradhan and Leong May Chan, will be on until July 31.

The 10 witnesses to testify during this session include the victim’s family  members, a magistrate, pathologist, chemist and medical assistant.

Vinayak said the proceeding was being conducted in accordance with Section 35 of the EAIC Act 2009 (Act 700) to ascertain whether there was misconduct on the part of any police officer or policeman which caused the death of the detainee.

“The second session of the hearing will be from Aug 17 to 21,” he said when met at the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) building, here, where the hearing is being conducted.

The witnesses who attended the public hearing today were Dharmendran’s wife M. Marry, his father V. Narayanasamy, and police photographer, constable Khairil Anuar Mansor.

Also present were two consultants appointed by the EAIC based on their expertise. They are former deputy inspector-general of police, Tan Sri Mohd Jamil Johari, and former EAIC commissioner, Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahbudin.

Dharmendran was reported to have been arrested on May 11, 2013 and died 10 days later on May 21, while in custody at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters lock-up.

Following this, four police personnel were arrested and charged with killing the victim.

However, on Dec 12, 2014, the High Court here freed the four from the murder charge as it found no prima facie case against them. The public hearing continues tomorrow.- BERNAMA


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