Forensic expert Prof Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid has lodged his own police report denying that he had threatened other expert witnesses in the inquest into the death of the late firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.
Lawyer Syazlin Mansor, who is representing the Housing and Local Government Ministry, the Fire Department and family members of the victim, said Shahrom lodged the police report at Subang Jaya Police headquarters on April 23.
“It is a baseless and untrue claim against Shahrom. It was stated in the police report that there were no threats nor meetings by both sides as claimed in the press,” she said.
Shahrom, the former senior forensic and pathology consultant at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz is the 29th witness in the inquest.
Syazlin said the newspaper report, which claimed that Shahrom had threatened other witnesses in the inquest, was untrue and unfounded.
She said the incident mentioned in the police report and newspaper report did not occur and there was no incident of intimidation during any meeting between the two parties.
“For information, Dr Shahrom retired in 2017, but he’s still willing to share his expertise for free and assist in the inquest.
“We did not expect that he would be accused of something like this,” Syazlin said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat when contacted confirmed receiving the report.
Two expert witnesses testifying in the inquest claimed that they had been threatened before lodging a report on the matter on Saturday (April 20).
Specialist doctors in the Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) forensic department – Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood and Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi – had argued that Adib was knocked down by the Fire and Rescue Department instead of being beaten up as alleged during the Seafield temple riots.
However, Shahrom had disputed the duo’s opinion on Adib’s injuries.