SHAH ALAM — Jan. 28, 2020: A court today granted Attorney-General Tommy Thomas’ appeal to set aside a coroner’s decision to allow committal proceedings against him by the father of deceased fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim for non-compliance.
Mohd. Kassim had filed the proceedings following a statement by Thomas about Adib’s death.
Coroner Rofiah Mohamad had allowed the application, saying that Mohd Kassim had succeeded in proving a prima facie case.
High Court judge Datuk Meor Hashimi Abd Hamid ruled that there was non-compliance in the application and that Mohd. Kassim had failed to highlight Thomas’ statement in full for Rofiah to understand the context in entirety.
According to him. the coroner only confined her consideration to certain paragraphs, particularly on the role of counsel Syazlin Mansor.
The judge also pointed out other technical errors in Mohd. Kassim’s application, such as his other son Mohd. Asraf being the one who signed the affidavits.
Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla indicated that Adib’s family would most probably appeal the decision.
Adib was critically injured when he and his team were attacked by rioters outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ Seafield on November 27, 2018. He died 20 days later.