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Friday, April 30, 2010

Anger grows over police killing of teenager

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28: A storm is brewing over the killing of a 15-year old boy in Shah Alam on April 26, with growing calls for the government to take action against the policemen involved.

Pan-Malaysian Federation of Muslim Students (Gamis) has urged prime minister Najib Razak and Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein to treat the case seriously.
Its president Mohd Idris Mohd Yussoff said the government should form a special committee to investigate the case thoroughly.
“We are saddened by several such cases in recent past which took too long to be solved, and some have not been solved.
“In the late Aminulrasyid's case, a fair and urgent investigation must be conducted as it has raised many questions among the public," he said in a statement to Harakahdaily today.
Aminulrasyid Hamzah (pic) was shot at the back of his head by police while he and a friend were traveling in a Proton Iswara on Monday. The police later claimed he was involved in armed robbery, drawing angry reactions from family and friends.
In his report, Aminul's friend who was with him in the car said they were chased by a team of policemen in an MPV as soon as they overtook them. One of the policemen then kicked and punched him when he got out to surrender, before he escaped and went home.
'It's murder'
Describing the shooting an "extreme act" by the police, Gamis reminded the media to report only the truth.
"In this case, there has been many versions of the story creating confusion among the public, at the same time causing unnecessary distress and suspicion to the family of the victim," it said.
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer N. Surendran (right) did not mince his words, calling Aminulrasyid's death as murder.
He said the latest police shooting was similar to an earlier incident involving single mother Norizan Salleh, who was shot five times while travelling with her friends in her car last October.
Surendran also said the authorities should view the incident seriously, unlike the non-action in Norizan's case. Norizan has yet to recover fully from her injuries and mental trauma.


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