|Lawyer queried over article|
|Tuesday, 05 June 2012 01:44pm|
©The New Straits Times (Used by permission)
KUALA LUMPUR: Police were accused of allegedly attempting to quickly "close the case" involving the death of Baharudin Ahmad during the Bersih 2.0 rally without carrying out a full probe.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president N. Surendran, the 28th witness in the inquest, was yesterday questioned on an article, quoting him, which appeared in the Suara Keadilan newspaper.
In the article, Surendran had allegedly said that police were quick to absolve themselves from blame despite not conducting a thorough investigation into Baharudin's death.
The lawyer appearing for Baharudin's family, Patrick Dass, then questioned Surendran on what he meant by that statement.
"Soon after the incident, police had said they were not responsible for the death. I felt it was not right for them to say that without conducting a thorough investigation. I viewed it as an attempt to close the case in order to avoid bad publicity," Surendran said.
Dass: You were also quoted as saying that Baharudin's case appeared to be a criminal matter as his rib cage and tooth were broken, and he had a wound on his lips. Where did you get this information from?
Surendran: From witnesses I met when collecting information on police brutality during the rally. I, however, can't remember who they were.
Hearing before coroner Zulkpli Abdullah continues today.
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