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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

IGP won’t apologise to Aminulrasyid’s family

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

Aminulrasyid’s family has pushed for the police to apologise for wrongfully accusing the 14-year-old of being a criminal, and said the prosecution of police corporal, Jenain Subi, proved the inaccuracy of the allegation.
“I will not answer that, doing so will have legal implications,” Musa told a press conference here.
Jenain, 48, claimed trial to shooting Aminulrasyid on Monday when he was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 of the Penal Code. The charge carries a maximum jail term of 20 years upon conviction.
Aminulrasyid was shot dead by police after a 6km chase on April 26 after, as claimed by the police, he allegedly reversed and attempted to ram his vehicle into policemen in Section 11, Shah Alam.
The shooting, coupled with what has been described as an “inhumane” police reaction to the incident, had sparked nationwide outrage.
Musa and Selangor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had tried to justify the shooting by describing Aminulrasyid as a “suspected criminal”. Police had also claimed a parang was found in the car.
Despite pressure from the public and family members for both to retract their statements and publicly apologise, Khalid and Musa have refused to do so and maintained that Aminulrasyid was a criminal suspect.
One of the lawyers representing the family, Latheefa Koya, said the refusal by both to apologise has perverted the course of justice
“By refusing to apologise and admitting that the police were wrong, they have not only made it worse but may have committed criminal offence by perverting course of justice and fabricating evidence during the investigation.
“A photo of a parang was shown to our clients, where did it go?”  Latheefa told The Malaysian Insider.
N. Surendran, another lawyer representing the family, said Musa’s comments were absurd, and instead stated that legal implications would only take place if they did not apologise.
“Since he had made the statement, it is incumbent upon him to apologise. It is not that there will be legal implications if he apologises, but there will be legal implications if he does not because it will be considered as abetting in the fabrication of evidence,” he said.
Surendran stressed that investigations on the supposed fabrication of evidence by the police must take place.


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