COPS TO COM­PLETE PROBE SOON

Ev­i­dence, state­ments have been doc­u­mented, says Johor CID chief

New Straits Times - - News - HALIM SAID AND CHUAH BEE KIM JOHOR BARU news@nst.com.my

JOHOR po­lice are op­ti­mistic about wrap­ping up in­ves­ti­ga­tion on a 11year-old boy who died last Wed­nes­day, af­ter al­legedly be­ing beaten by an as­sis­tant war­den at a pri­vate tah­fiz school, be­fore the sus­pect’s re­mand ends this Wed­nes­day.

Johor Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief Datuk Ka­marul Za­man Ma­mat said po­lice recorded state­ments from peo­ple re­lated to the school, and the vic­tim’s fam­ily and friends.

“We will sub­mit the pa­pers to the deputy pub­lic prose­cu­tor (DPP) for fur­ther ac­tion.”

Ka­marul Za­man said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers would be re­viewed by the DPPs of­fice.

“All ev­i­dence and recorded state­ments from case wit­nesses have been doc­u­mented. The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer is com­plet­ing the case re­port for sub­mis­sion as we speak.”

Johor Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Khaled Nordin urged the pub­lic to re­frain from spec­u­lat­ing about the case on so­cial me­dia.

“Spread­ing un­ver­i­fied news is not go­ing to help with the mat­ter.”

He said fair­ness and jus­tice for all could only be achieved by let­ting the po­lice do their job.

He said this when asked on the state­ment made by Madrasah Tah­fiz Al-Jauhar on Sun­day that said it would hand over six pages of notes writ­ten by the vic­tim, Mo­hamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi, to po­lice.

Thafiq had doc­u­mented his wish to leave the tah­fiz school and for Al­lah to open his par­ents and us­taz’s hearts so he could be trans­ferred.

The pri­vate re­li­gious school re­port­edly vouched for the as­sis­tant war­den, who was ar­rested last Sat­ur­day at his home in Felda Lok Heng Barat, Kota Tinggi, fol­low­ing a po­lice re­port lodged on April 18 by the stu­dent’s mother.

The as­sis­tant war­den al­legedly beaten Thaqif and other stu­dents with a rubber hose as pun­ish­ment for mak­ing noise in the surau.

Soon af­ter the al­leged beat­ings, the vic­tim was di­ag­nosed with fever, and bruises and swelling ap­peared on his legs due to in­fec­tion. On Fri­day, doc­tors had to am­pu­tate his legs to save his life.

The as­sis­tant war­den is un­der po­lice re­mand un­til May 3 for in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der Sec­tion 302 of the Pe­nal Code for mur­der.

The school said they knew about the sus­pect’s crim­i­nal record, but hired him as he de­served a sec­ond chance and was re­pen­tant for his past crime.

AND VIC­TIM’S FAM­ILY PIX BY ZULKA­R­NAIN AHMAD TA­JUD­DIN

Madrasah Tah­fiz Al-Jauhar, where the vic­tim stud­ied, in Kam­pung Lukut, Kota Tinggi. (In­set) Mo­hamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi.

Datuk Ka­marul Za­man Ma­mat

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