Joint statement by Civil Society On The Death in Police Custody Of R. Gunasegaran

1. Brief Facts

R. Gunasegaran, aged 31, was arrested on the evening of 16th July, 2009 in Sentul.

His family members were later informed that Gunasegaran had, that same day, died, due to drug abuse-related causes.

Similarly, a copy of the burial permit, issued by the hospital authorities, states that Gunasegaran died from drug-related causes.

A post-mortem has since been carried out.

The family of the late Gunasegaran had requested for a copy of the post-mortem report but have been informed that the same will only be made available after:

i) the body of Gunasegaran, which is still in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary, is removed; and

ii) thereafter, after a formal application is made for a copy of the same.

The family of the late Gunasegaran have been informed that it will take about two months from the date of application for a copy of the said post-mortem report before a copy of the same will be made available to them.

Since first learning of the death of Gunasegaran, the family of the deceased have since been in contact with eye-witnesses to Gunasegaran’s arrest and detention by the police authorities and have been informed that:

i) at the time of his arrest, Gunasegaran was subjected to physical assault by a member of the police force; and

ii) at the Sentul police station, where Gunasegaran and several other arrestees were taken, Gunasegaran was subjected to further assaults by the same police officer who had assaulted him earlier, but with much greater severity, causing Gunasegaran to lose consciousness which he never regained until his death.

2. The Wishes Of The Family Of The Late Gunasegaran

We are given to understand that the family, quite understandably, wishes to remove the remains of the late Gunasegaran as soon as possible, to perform the requisite religious rituals and thereafter to allow Gunasegaran the dignity of a proper cremation.

Yet the family also needs to know the truth of why Gunasegaran is no longer with them, given the information that has now come to them, and in this regard are desirous that the post-mortem report be immediately made available to them.

3. Civil Society Expectations

In the first instance, we extend our condolences to the family of the late Gunasegaran.

We also join the family in insisting that the post-mortem report be made immediately available to the family of the late Gunasegaran.

We also call for the holding of an inquest to look into the cause of death of Gunasegaran.

We also call on the authorities to put a stop to this practice of deferring the delivery of the post-mortem report to the next-of-kin, in “death in police custody” cases, until after the body has been buried and or cremated. Given the suspicious circumstances of deaths in many of these cases, it is simply unacceptable that the next-of-kin in such cases should not be privy to this important report before the body of the deceased is buried or cremated.

We also take this opportunity to reiterate the many calls by civil society for the long overdue establishment of the IPCMC. We feel that had this Commission been set up some time back, the number of “death in police custody” cases may not have been as numerous as we have had to endure.

Finally, we extend to the family of the late Gunasegaran a commitment to render all assistance in getting to the truth of the circumstances surrounding the death of Gunasegaran and, should an inquest or any other investigation disclose an element of foul play leading to Gunasegaran’s death, to pursue justice for Gunasegaran and his family.

6 replies on “16 July = R. Gunasegaran died, Teoh’s body found”

  1. Trust me there will be no outcome no matter who rant, who cries or who demonstrate.

    PDRM is BN appointed lap-dog.. BN will just say "good dog, good dog)

    All of you want a change? Vote out BN in the next election, then we will see the changes.. But whether it's going to be better or worst, we have to sit and pray.. As for me i'm fedup with the government oredi..

  2. Don't bother so much about Hindraf, MIC, LGE, Anwar & etc…

    I want to know what is our goverment doing about this "death" in police custody…?

    Anyone of them voicing their disgust on this matter…???

  3. Eagle-eye,

    Why MIC and Hindraf? Because for Kg Buah Pala, they were ranting so much. Now, this involves death, whey are they so quiet? Samy Vellu ….not a single sound from him.

    When it involves DAP, these 2 Hindraf brothers dare to raise their voice and rant loud and far.

    When it involves BN/UMNO, they are like a mouse,….not even a squel.

  4. Siebel, why MIC and Hindraf? Are you seeing this as an Indian issue?

    If Hindraf steps in they will be accused of raising only Indian issues and will be condemned as racists as happened in the Kampung Buah Pala case in Penang.

    If Teoh Beng Hock is a national issue why isnt Gunasegaran a national issue as well. Where are all the non racist Malaysians? Where are DAP, PKR and PAS. Not a squeak from them. We dont see LKS, LGE or Anwar demonstrating infront of the police station!

    Haris Ibrahim should be commended for walking the talk

  5. Why is MIC – Samy Vellu not extending any help?

    Why are the Hindraf brothers – Uthaya & Waytha so quiet?

    Do something pleaes? I feel sad and helpless each time I hear of police custody death in Malaysia. I first read about this case on Haris Ibrahim's blog. And, he asks readers to email him if we want to contribute to the post-mortem cost. He will reply by email with the account number into which we can bank in our contribution.

    I will certainly support this cause. I am comforted that there are still kind souls in Malaysia though

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