Tuesday, June 30, 2015

259 deaths in police custody since 2000 (FMT)

 A total of 259 deaths in police custody have been investigated from 2000 until now

Here we are just talking about deaths in police custody only - deaths in custody would also happen in prisons, other detention places, etc

The answer in Parliament seems to be just about how many have been investigated - so, how many more are yet to be investigated. 

How many policeman have been taken to court with regard death in custody - unfortunately the Bernama report is vague about this...

Where the death occurs is also of interest - did it happen in the police lock-up? police station during interrogation?  - There are CCTV cameras in the lock up, but when it come to the inquest, the reasons why we cannot see what was recorded....was (1) CCTV has no recording capacity... (2) spoiled... > hopefully now, we have CCTV with recording capacity not just at lock-ups but at all parts of the police station - maybe our policemen should also be equipped with CCTV on their person and on their patrol vehicles ... In Hong Kong, it has been a long time since every movement of the person is recorded, and the accused and the lawyer will be given a CD... very important to ensure that there was no torture...or anything done that was not permitted by law...Malaysia should really be putting that in place...Maybe today Malaysian lock-ups and police station also all have CCTV that records

259 deaths in police custody since 2000

June 15, 2015 
Inquest into 82 cases have been completed, while 12 are still ongoing, and no further action on another 100, says deputy home minister.


KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 259 deaths in police custody have been investigated from 2000 until now, said deputy home minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said of the total, the inquests of 82 cases had been completed, while 12 were still ongoing, and no further action on another 100.

“Meanwhile, 34 cases were referred to deputy public prosecutors, 10 to magistrates, 16 are still under investigation and five had been taken to court,” he said in reply to G.Manivannan (PKR-Kapar) at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Manivanan wanted to know the breakdown on the number of inquests pertaining to death-in-custody cases by state, as well as the statistics on policemen who had been tried in court on the matter.

Wan Junaidi said of the 82 inquests which had been completed, Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 22, followed by Johor (11), Kedah (10), Kuala Lumpur and Negeri Sembilan (eight), Penang (seven), Perak (five), Sarawak (four), Kelantan (three), Sabah (two) and Perlis and Terengganu (1).

Whereas for the 12 cases with ongoing inquests, Negeri Sembilan recorded the highest number with three, followed by two cases each in Penang, Selangor and Sabah, as well as one each in Perak, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.

In the meantime, Wan Junaidi said three court cases against police officers for various other offences had been reported in the same period, in which two cases had resulted in conviction, and one was still on trial.

– BERNAMA - FMT News, 1/7/2015

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