Friday, October 31, 2014   

Royal Malaysia Police – lethal force
(04-02 18:48)

Below are a few cases highlighting the use of lethal force by Royal Malaysia Police documented by Human Rights Watch report, "No Answers, No Apology.'

* On August 21, 2012, two people saw plainclothes police shoot an unarmed man, Dinesh Darmasena, 26, at night in a Kuala Lumpur suburb. Darmasena died two days later. The police alleged that Darmasena was a gang member and that he and his friends attacked the police with parangs (machetes). Yet witnesses filed police complaints, at personal risk to their own safety, saying that Darmasena was unarmed and otherwise contradicting the police version.

* In November 2010, police shot and killed Mohd Shamil Hafiz Shapiei, 15, Mohd Hairul Nizam Tuah, 20, and Mohd Hanafi Omar, 22, at approximately 4 a.m. in Selangor. The police alleged that the three were robbing a petrol station and that they then charged at the police with parangs, forcing the police to shoot them.

* All three sustained gunshot wounds to the forehead and chest. The post-mortem report on Shapiei found gunpowder residue on his clothes and concluded that the bullets entered his body at a trajectory angle of 45 degrees, suggesting he had been shot at very close range and not at a distance, as would have been the case had he been charging the police with a parang.

* Mohd Afham bin Arin, 20, was fatally shot by the police following a motorcycle chase on the night of October 19, 2010, in Johor Baru. The police claimed that Afham waved a parang at them and that the passenger, Firdaus, riding behind him also threatened police with a sword. Firdaus filed an official statement with the police rebutting the allegations. The police never charged the Firdaus with any offense related to the incident and conducted no further investigation into the shooting.
   
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