Adib’s Family Slam IGP for “Irresponsible” Remarks on Fireman’s Death

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Family claims IGP has poor understanding of case details.

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s family is disappointed that Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador suggested a review into the firefighter’s death.

In a post on Facebook,the family said they hope police could conduct a transparent investigation to identify Adib’s killer following the coroner court’s finding in September last year that firefighter’s death was caused by two or three unidentified persons.

“We are disappointed with the IGP’s remark. It clearly shows he is ignorant and if he reads in full the grounds of judgment and statement notes, we are confident that the IGP will never utter such irresponsible statements,” they said in a statement through their lawyers.

Two days ago, Hamid said the cops are planning to form a task force to investigate Adib’s death.

He said the probe would focus on the witnesses.

“This includes the forensic pathologist from Kuala Lumpur Hospital and another forensic specialist appointed by Muhammad Adib’s family during the inquest held last year from February 11 to July 24.

“This team is similar to the one that was formed to look into the death of an 18-year-old model from the Netherlands, who died after allegedly falling from a building several years ago,” he said.

Hamid said police would propose to the Home Ministry that the team be set up to look into Adib’s case due to the conflicting opinions of the two pathologists who performed the post-mortem.

He said police have recalled 31 of the inquest witnesses and recorded the statements of 52 new witnesses following the coroner court ruling that the fireman’s death was caused by two or more unknown persons.

Adib, 24, was badly injured while responding to a riot near the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya on November 27, 2018. He died 21 days later on December 17 at the National Heart Institute.

Speaking further, Adib’s family said that there is no need to reconsider the alleged cause of death through a “review team” as it was already previously determined by the court.

“The Coroner’s Court has already given its input on the cause of Adib’s death.

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“The verdict has never been challenged by any parties through an appeal, then the police are obliged to investigate who were those who caused Adib’s death and not question whether Adib was killed or not,” they said.

The family added that IGP was disrespectful to summarise that there was no statement that could be linked to Adib’s murder.

“Just because two firemen claimed they did not see what transpired during the incident.”

“Moreover, it is ridiculous that the IGP tried to depict Adib as having not been assaulted just because there were no self-defence injuries on his body.

“All of these claims have been answered clearly in the inquest and the IGP’s action to raise them shows that PDRM failed to understand the chronology of the case,” they said. – TMI