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Malaysian cop found guilty of custodial death

Last Updated: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 16:03

Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian court on Monday found a constable guilty of two counts of causing hurt to a car thief suspect A Kugan, an ethnic Indian, who died in police custody.

Kugan, 22, was arrested on January 14, 2009, to help in investigations into a luxury car theft syndicate.

He died six days later, triggering uproar among the country`s minority ethnic Indian population of police brutality.

Sessions Court Judge Aslam Zainuddin sentenced constable V Navindran, also an ethnic Indian, to three years` jail from the date of sentencing for each count, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

"The defence failed to raise a reasonable doubt in this case," said Aslam.

The judge allowed a stay of execution pending appeal.
Navindran was accused of two alternative counts of causing hurt to Kugan at the interrogation room of the police station on Jan 16, 2009.

A court had acquitted Navindran of the charges but the High Court later overturned the acquittal and ordered him to enter his defence.

Navindran`s lawyer said his client was innocent and had been made a "scapegoat".
The lawyer said he would appeal against the verdict.

Ethnic Indians form about eight per cent of the country`s 28 million people.


First Published: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 16:03
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