Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shooting of Aminulrasyid Amzah: Justice to be served during cabinet meeting?

The shooting of teenager Allahyarham Aminulrasyid Amzah (15 years old) will be discussed during weekly Cabinet Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 28 April 2010

Source and credits: Malaysiakini

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Teen shooting case to be brought to cabinet
Jimadie Shah Othman
Apr 27, 10
2:43pm

The case of teenager Aminulrasyid Amzah who was shot dead by police yesterday in Shah Alam will be brought up in the cabinet's weekly meeting tomorrow.

NONEMinister for Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Noh Omar (far right) said he would raise the matter for deliberation.

Noh, who is also Selangor Umno deputy chief, said the party would offer legal assistance to the family as they have a right to sue the police force and the government over the incident.

"They can also bring up this case to Suhakam (Human Rights Commission)," Noh told reporters at the teenager's home this afternoon.

The 15-year-old was shot in the head in the early hours of Monday, after Aminulrasyid allegedly acted suspiciously and tried to ram a car into members of a police patrol unit in Section 11, Shah Alam.

Noh said the party sympathises with the family over the incident and expressed hope that the matter would be investigated transparently in the interests of justice and the truth.

“I hope this case will not be sensationalised or politicised,” said the minister.

NONENoh said this after meeting with Aminulrasyid's family members, who had held a press conference at their home in Section 11.

Aminulrasyid's mother dismissed media reports published today portraying her son as a criminal.

"I know my son. He is not as they report in the newspapers. I know who my son was," insisted Norsiah Mohamad, 60.

The anguished mother of eight - Aminulrasyid was the youngest - said her son had never been involved in criminal activities as alleged in media reports.

The media, therefore, should not report "yang bukan-bukan" (nonsense), because "as a mother, I cannot stand to read such things," said Norsiah as she wiped away tears.

NONEAsked whether the family would take legal action against the police force, Norsiah (right) - a single mother - said the matter would be discussed with the rest of the family.

Also present at the press conference were Norsiah's daughter Norazurah and her son-in-law Kamarudin Hassan.

According to the police report lodged by a witness involved in the incident, he and Aminulrasyid were returning home in the latter's Proton Iswara from a restaurant in Section 7.

After overtaking a police MPV, they were chased, then shot at by the police until the car was forced to the side of the road.

"I went out of the car to surrender. One of the police personnel kicked me from behind, while others punched and kicked me.

"I struggled and was able to escape from the police, then went straight home," said the witness in his police report.

Suspect tried to ram police

A different version of the episode, however, was reported by the print media today.

khalid abu bakar selangor cpo bukit antarabangsa pc 201208 03Speaking to the press yesterday, Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar (right) was reported as having said the police chased Aminulrasyid after chancing upon him and the other suspect "in suspicious circumstances".

Rather than slowing down after being told to stop their car, the teenager sped up. The police then shot at a tyre of the Iswara, said Khalid.

After the car stopped, he added, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and escaped on foot.

The driver of the vehicle suddenly reversed the car and tried to ram into the police personnel - who had by then been joined by officers from another patrol unit.

"Surprised by the action of the suspect and (trying) to defend himself, the police officer shot in the direction of the suspect in the car," said Khalid.

The suspect died on the way to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang due to the injury sustained, added the police chief.

A long machete was found in the Iswara by police personnel, Khalid said.

All four police personnel involved in the incident have been transferred to desk jobs while investigations are carried out under Section 302 of the Penal Code, he said.

He posed no threat

This afternoon, Norsiah lodged a report at the Shah Alam district police station.

NONE"I ask that an independent probe be carried out by police (officers) from the federal police headquarters of PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police Force) on every police officer involved, including superior officers who had allowed this incident to occur."

She was accompanied by PKR information chief Latheefa Koya, Selangor exco Yaakob Sapari, Seri Setia state assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, and Kapar parliamentarian S Manikavasagam.

"I want justice for my son," Norsiah told reporters, reiterating Aminulrasyid's innocence.

She also questioned why the police could not merely stop the car her son was driving, as "there was no proper reason why the police had to shoot".

She dismissed the suggestion that Aminulrasyid (left) had posed a threat to the police officers involved.


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Source and credits: Malaysiakini

Not to point fingers to anybody, but this is a very sad tragedy .

Hopefully justice will be uncovered, I fully support for a Royal Commission of Inquiry be set up to determine the what, who, why, where, when and how was the events that lead to the shooting of late Aminulrasyid Amzah.

Al-Fatihah

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