SHAH ALAM — Aug. 27, 2019: The Coroner’s Court has allowed an application by the father of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim to initiate committal proceedings against Attorney-General Tommy Thomas for contempt in the inquest into his son’s death.
In arriving at the decision, coroner Rofiah Mohamad said she was satisfied with the submissions by both parties, in which the family had proven a prima facie case against Thomas.
In the inquest proceedings before this, there were attempts to stop lawyer Syazlin Mansor from representing a ministry, Fire and Rescue Department and Adib’s family which had interrupted the inquest, remarked Rofiah.
“(In fact) the affidavits submitted by (former) inquest handling officer Hamdan Hamzah on April 3 prompted calls for the inquest to be replaced with a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
“It created a negative perception of the inquest conducted by me, as empowered by the AG himself, to find out the cause and circumstances under which Adib met his death,” she said before fixing September 23 for management.
Kassim filed the application through Messrs Mohd. Zubir Embong & Associates on July 16, claiming that the AG had committed contempt through an affidavit filed by the AGC on April 3.
Adib of the Subang Jaya fire station was seriously injured during rioting outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple last November 27 and died on December 17. — Bernama