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13 May 2010

Lawyers for Aminul’s family want to meet Hishammuddin

Lawyers acting for Aminulrasyid Amzah’s family will seek a meeting with the home minister to push for a separate investigation into the possible “fabrication of evidence” to cover-up the fatal police shooting of the schoolboy.

N. Surendran said the alleged false evidence includes statements that a parang was found in the Proton Iswara driven by the Form Three student and that he had attempted to ram the police by reversing into them before they opened fire on the car on April 26.

“We will raise the issue with Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein next week,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.

The lawyer said fabricating evidence amounted to perverting the course of public justice and was a serious offence.

“Despite the strong evidence, it looks like no investigation into the allegations had started.”

Surendran said they will also be asking Hishammuddin to look into claims by key witness Azamuddin Omar, who was in the car with the dead schoolboy, that he was assaulted by no fewer than five policemen.

The 15-year-old son of a police sergeant had also claimed that a policeman nearly opened fire on him when he fled the scene.

Surendran also slammed Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar for refusing to apologise to Aminulrasyid’s family.

“We will leave it to the public to judge them. It is incredibly insensitive of them for not being able to admit to mistakes.”

Instead, Khalid yesterday had asked the family to apologise for allowing a minor to drive without a licence.

Surendran said it was cruel and heartless of Khalid to blame the family and the statement showed a complete lack of sympathy for them.

Khalid’s remarks were also inconsistent with the Attorney-General’s move to charge police Corporal Jenain Subi on Monday for culpable homicide not amounting to murder for shooting Aminulrasyid.

“It looks like the authorities are sending out mixed signals.”

He stressed that Aminulrasyid was not a criminal and his only offence was joyriding, which amounted to a road traffic offence.

“He certainly didn’t deserve to die.”

The 14-year-old’s uncle, Kamaruddin Hassan, today also said the police must explain the false allegations in the press which labelled Aminulrasyid a criminal immediately after the shooting.

“While Khalid has denied making the statement to the press but the media had reported it. Does it mean these reports are untrue?” he asked.

Kamaruddin said if indeed reporters had misquoted Khalid, then he should take action against them.

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