Friday, June 28, 2013

Khalid Abu Bakar Responsible for Kugan's Death

In a landmark ruling which saw the family of A Kugan winning RM801,700 in damages, High Court judge VT Singham said Wednesday that former Selangor police chief and now the IGP Khalid Abu Bakar (above pic) was liable to misfeasance of public office. In plain English, it means that he is responsible in the death of Kugan. Justice Singham found the police and the Government liable for Kugan’s death from grievous injuries at the Taipan police station on January 20, 2009. He also said that custodial death was a serious crime.

[On January 13, last year, Kugan’s mother, N Indra had filed a RM100 million suit seeking damages over alleged negligence, assault, false imprisonment and misfeasance of public office as well as breach of statutory duties].

Khalid had never clarified the cause of death to the media after giving a statement on January 21, 2009 that Kugan had died due to water in his lungs. Khalid had claimed that the policemen did not contravene any regulations in conducting their interrogation on Kugan but had not convened a formal departmental inquiry over Kugan’s custodial death. Khalid also failed to comply with the direction by the Attorney-General to open up investigations for murder.

“The court wishes to state that no person being in any position, status or rank when testifying in court should take this court for granted and attempt to suppress the truth to escape liability,” Justice Singham added.

Simply put, Kugan was not only tortured but murdered. He had sustained 45 categories of external injuries on his body and a wide range of internal injuries and these spoke volumes of what had happened during his seven-day detention.

Photos of the Marketing Research Poster Exhibition that was held today:

 I was on the judging panel.

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