KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 2018 : An inquest will be held to determine the cause of death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim during the riots at a temple in Selangor last month, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
He said Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, in his capacity as the Public Prosecutor, will direct a magistrate to conduct the inquiry under Section 339(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
“The Office of the Public Prosecutor will apply to the courts to set the date for the hearing as soon as possible and will assist the magistrate in conducting the inquest,” he said in a post today on his Facebook account.
Adib, 24, of the Subang Jaya Fire & Rescue Station, was severely injured when he arrived in the vicinity of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya, early on Nov 27 to put out a car fire during riots that erupted purportedly over the relocation of the house of worship.
Adib succumbed to his injuries on Dec 17 at the National Heart Institute (IJN) where he was on life support.
Muhyiddin said the magistrate conducting the inquest will have wide powers under Section 328 of the Criminal Procedure Code to determine the cause of death.
The section states that “the words cause of death include not only the apparent cause of death as ascertainable by inspection or post-mortem examination of the body of the deceased, but also all matters necessary to enable an opinion to be formed as to the manner in which the deceased came by his death and as to whether his death resulted in any way from, or was accelerated by, any unlawful act or omission on the part of any other person”. – Bernama