SHAH ALAM, May 5 — A High Court here had to postpone its hearing of Aminulrasyid Amzah’s family’s suit against the police after the last witness in the case, a police forensics investigator, failed to turn up today.
N. Surendran, the lawyer representing the family of the late 15-year-old, said Chief Inspector Mazli Jusuh, who was expected to testify as a subpoenaed witness for Aminulrasyid’s family today, could not be located.
“The trial continues on May 15. We have not been able to locate the last witness. He is on study leave, he is also the police officer in charge of the forensic investigation of the car,” Surendran said.
Aminulrasyid, 15, was shot dead by police on April 26, 2010, in the Selangor capital city during an early-morning car chase after failing to stop at a police roadblock.
In April 2013, Aminulrasyid’s sister Nor Azura Amzah and mother filed a civil suit against Corporal Jenain Subi and four others — namely the Shah Alam police chief, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar who was then the Selangor police chief, the Inspector-General of Police and the government.
Jenain was initially found guilty and sentenced to five years’ jail by the Sessions Court in 2011 for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in causing Aminulrasyid’s death during the car chase in the Shah Alam suburbs.
He had admitted to firing 21 bullets from his sub-machine gun at the car Aminulrasyid was driving, but denied he had opened fire with the intention to kill the schoolboy.
Jenain became a free man when the High Court acquitted him in 2012 after ruling that he had opened fire with the intention to immobilise the car instead of causing Aminulrasyid’s death.
The Court of Appeal later upheld the acquittal in November 2013, saying in an unanimous ruling that the High Court had not erred in its findings on the intention.