EAIC chief: What happened to probe on 2013 custodial death?

Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on N. Dharmendran custodial death, Arpil 28, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya on N. Dharmendran custodial death, Arpil 28, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 ― Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam today questioned why the police have not completed their investigation on a 2013 custodial death, when his agency finished its inquiry last year.

Syed Mohd Azlan Syed Mohamed Nur died while in police custody in Pengerang, Johor, on November 3, 2013 and the EAIC found police violence to be the cause of death in its report released October last year.

“From what we know, as of two weeks ago when we checked, the police are yet to complete the investigation papers to be sent to the Attorney General Chambers,” Yaacob told a roundtable on police accountability today.

“I want to ask,’Why?’ What part of the report is not complete yet?” he said.

He said that EAIC consistently checked the progress of cases in which it had issued recommendations every three months.

Yaacob also said that police and other agencies should be taking their recommendations seriously.

“By law, they should act on our recommendations. If they are not going to act on it, they should come back to us and explain to us,” he said.