KANGAR — March 3, 2017: Two immigration officers in Perlis were today sentenced to death for the murder of a Bangladeshi detainee three years ago.
Mohd. Aminuddin Mohd. Yasin and Zuhairul Effendey Zulkafli, both 35, were charged with murdering illegal immigrant Abu Bakar Siddiqe, 45, at the home ministry’s complex here on October 29, 2014.
In the judgment, Judicial Commissioner Abu Bakar Katar Abu Bakar said the court had examined all the essence in the prosecution’s case as well as considered the defence indepth.
On Oct 1, 2015, the high court here had acquitted Aminuddin and Zuhairul without calling for their defence but following an appeal by the prosecution, the Court of Appeal ordered the two enter their defence.
After Abu Bakar complained of gastric and requested for medicine, he was brought out of the lockup to the pantry by
Aminuddin and Zuhairul, where based on a CCTV footage, the officers were holding long wooden sticks.
On returning to the lockup cell, the detainee told his cellmate that he was beaten by the officers and showed his bruises. There was no sign of injury on the victim when he went to the pantry.
When Abu Bakar’s condition worsened, he was taken to a hospital for treatment and died a few days later.
A post-mortem found that he died due to multiple blunt force trauma due to soft tissue injuries. — Bernama