Probe Team of Cadet Officer’s Death to Report to Hishammuddin

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IGP says more witnesses to be called to have their statements recorded in ongoing investigations.

The special investigation board set up by the Armed Forces to uncover the truth behind the death of Malaysian National Defence University (UPMN) student Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain will report directly to Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

The Star reported that Hishammuddin told reporters this after visiting Zulfarhan’s family today.

“The board will report directly to me to ensure there is no bureaucracy in the investigations,” Hishammuddin said.

“We will get the truth out and those involved will face the music, this is my promise to the family,” he said, adding that he had also just learnt that the deceased was a distant relative of his.

Navy cadet officer Zulfarhan, 21, died on Jun 1. He was the eldest of four siblings.

It is believed that he may have been a victim of bullying over a laptop that he had been accused of stealing.

He was allegedly bound, beaten and burned with a steam iron, in what is believed was an attempt to force a confession to the alleged theft out of him.

Bruises and burns covered nearly his entire body. Zulfarhan could have suffered for a week before he died of his injuries.

Prompted by the numerous injuries inflicted on his son, Zulkarnain Idrus lodged a police report two days ago.

According to the Malay Mail, the 53-year-old taxi driver said he was horrified at the magnitude of the wounds that led to his son’s death after he was told by the authorities to identify the remains at the Serdang Hospital last Friday.

Zulkarnain believed the wounds sustained by Zulfarhan were brought about by torture and demanded a detailed investigation by police on the events that led to the death.

Thirty-six students were remanded in connection with the case, which is being investigated as a murder.

According to IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, more witnesses will be called in to have their statements recorded.