Court orders return of Kugan’s samples to UMMC

(Bernama) – The Magistrate’s Court here ordered the police to return the forensics samples of A. Kugan, who died in police custody early this year, to Universiti Malaya Medical Center (UMMC).

Magistrate Ho Kwong Chin made the ruling on Monday after hearing submissions by lawyer N. Surendran, the counsel for Kugan’s mother, N. Indra, and deputy public prosecutor Hanim Mohd Rashid, who represented the police.

“After hearing submissions by both parties, the court orders that the specimen and other items seized to be returned to UMMC immediately,” he added.

Indra had filed the application to compel the police to return all items, documents, tissue samples and bodily fluids to the UMMC pathology department as she wanted to sent them to a medical centre in Australia for toxicology tests to determine whether Kugan was given any injection prior to his death in January this year.

Kugan, 22, was arrested on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in car theft activities but was found dead the day after.

On Oct 1, a police officer from the USJ police station pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to two charges of causing grievous hurt to Kugan.