KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has given his assurance that those involved in the 2014 custodial death of Johor youth Syed Mohd Azlan Syed Mohamed Nur will be brought to book if found guilty.
In a brief statement late last night, the national police chief also announced that the police are in the process of wrapping up their investigation into the case and will forward their probe to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further instruction.
“We assure the public that those involved will be brought to justice as we do not practise the blue wall of silence to shield any member of the police who are liable for criminal charges,” he said.
Last Friday, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) in a statement said that the use of physical violence by police during arrest and questioning was the cause of Syed Mohd Azlan’s death in custody in 2014.
According to the enforcement watchdog, its investigations also found attempts to obscure evidence from the 25-year-old’s interrogation that resulted in 61 separate injuries on various parts of his body.
The police officers involved also engaged in a “serious breach” of standard operating procedures concerning the handling of detainees, material seizure, and the integrity of statements, the EAIC added.
On Monday, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo said the report on the inquiry was incriminating enough to demand the IGP’s resignation.