Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Police Scapegoat













Remember the A Kugan case? My last post on this subject was titled “A Very Light Sentence” and dated June 12, 2012. Constable V Navindran, who has since been convicted of causing hurt to Kugan and sentenced to three years' jail, testified last month that he had been forced by the police to become the sacrificial lamb.

Yesterday, a second police officer – officer in charge of the Taipan police station ASP Rodney Pasla Harris – admitted there was a meeting called by the late Subang Jaya OCPD Zainal Rashid Abu Bakar to discuss who should take the fall. He was testifying on behalf of the government, which is one of the defendants named in a RM100 million lawsuit by Kugan’s mother, N Indra. [Indra filed the suit on January 13, this year, in which she also named Khalid Abu Bakar, Navindran, Zainal Rashid and the inspector-general of police, as the first to fourth defendants].

This testimony contradicted that of former Selangor police chief and current deputy inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar – also a defendant in this negligence suit – who vigorously denied that Navindran was made a scapegoat for the death of A Kugan. He had also strenuously maintained in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur that there was no cover-up in the police investigations.

But the inescapable fact is that nine officers were involved in Kugan's interrogation. If one officer (i.e. supposedly Navindran) was beating the victim to death, what were the other eight doing then?

I daresay Khalid is involved in some hush-up or another. Lawyer Sivarasa Rasiah, who is acting for the Kugan family – together with Latheefa Koya – tested Khalid's credibility as a witness during the hearing by bringing up the case of Aminulrasyid Amzah read my blogpost titled “Killer Cop” dated December 08, 2012 – and produced the police report lodged by Aminulrasyid's mother against Khalid over a possible concealment.

Khalid had stretched his own credibility by insisting that in Aminulrasyid's case, a parang was found under the car seat. However, when Sivarasa showed him a copy of the Shah Alam sessions court finding on the matter, that there was no parang mentioned, Khalid maintained his answer that there was. [Aminulrasyid's mother, Norsiah Mohamad, had lodged a report against Khalid for claiming that her son was a criminal. She did this to clear the boy's name as well as to say that no parang was found in the car he was driving].

Is it any surprise that the Malaysian public does not have a high regard for the police? Won’t this lead you to the conclusion that Khalid is treacherous, two-timing and untrustworthy? And he is the No. 2 man in PDRM! Now you know why Malaysians have very little faith in the police!

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