Wednesday, May 29, 2013
R. Jamesh Ramesh(40) - Another Death in Police Custody - 27 May 2013
There are CCTV that monitors detention cells (but alas in Malaysia, the CCTV would not have had recording capabilities), and they did not know that a man in the police lock-up was dying ...dead. What time did he die?
Liver Failure, Heart failure, etc - But the question was what caused it. Was there torture involved? Why did the police not send him to the hospital...Did he have an history of liver problems?
And really police must stop defaming the dead. Most times when a person dies in police custody, the report normally tries to give the perception that this was a bad person. But unless one is tried and convicted by the courts, that person must be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The death is already a great loss to family and loved ones - so please Mr Policeman just tell us about the death, and stop trying to make out the victim as being a 'bad person'. In the Jamesh Ramesh case, first report says his urine tested positive and so he was arrested. What really is the basis of mentioning things like "...hardcore drug addict..."
In the 2nd report, they say that "...unemployed and had a criminal record for robbery..." - Why do the police even have to disclose this now? What criminal record?
WHY do the police usually paint a 'bad picture' of people who die in police custody...lock-ups? It matters not whether he was a serious criminal or a saint - all that matters now is WHY did this happen?
The only question that should be occupying the mind of the police is WHY and HOW did he die in the lock-up? How come police officers monitoring the lock-up did notice him about to die, dying.....etc? How come none of the fellow detainees were unaware? What time did this man really die?
ANOTHER CUSTODIAL DEATH! Man found dead in Penang police lock-up
A man was found dead while being detained at the Penang police contingent headquarters lock-up here today.
Penang CID deputy chief ACP Nasir Mohd Salleh said R. Jamesh Ramesh, 40, was found dead at 10.30am.
He said the man, who is believed to be a hardcore drug addict, was picked up by the Timur Laut narcotic team in Jalan Patani here yesterday after his urine was tested positive for drug.
The case is classified as sudden death and the body was taken to Penang Hospital for post mortem, he added. - BERNAMA - Malaysia Chronicle, 27/5/2013, ANOTHER CUSTODIAL DEATH! Man found dead in Penang police lock-up
State CID deputy chief, ACP Nasir Mohd Salleh said the nature of R. Jamesh Ramesh's death was confirmed by the hospital after a post-mortem.
He said there were no injuries on the body and no criminal element involved.
"Police have also recorded statements from the deceased's cellmates and they claimed that the deceased was in a state of 'high' throughout the night," he told reporters here today.
Jamesh Ramesh who was unemployed and had a criminal record for robbery was arrested in front of a community hall in Jalan Patani, here, on Saturday when he was found positive for morphine in a urine test.
Police only realised that he was dead when they came to the lock-up at 10.30am yesterday to bring him to court for a remand order. -- BERNAMA