Malaysia

Bersih 2.0: High Court rejects inquest bid by widow

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — The High Court here rejected today an originating summons to hold an inquest into the death of Baharudin Ahmad during the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9.

Judge Datuk Su Geok Yiam ruled that the summons was clearly premature, frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the court process, Bernama Online reported.

It was filed by his 55-year-old widow Rosni Malan at the end of July.

Counsel Ahmad Jufliz Faiza represented Rosni, while Kuala Lumpur police chief, Inspector-General of Police, Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court and the Public Prosecutor were represented by both deputy public prosecutors (DPPs) Jamil Aripin and Ahmad Ishrakh Saad.

During the proceedings Ahmad Jufliz informed the court that his client had applied to the Magistrate's Court for an inquest but received no response for a date despite the issue being a major media event.

Jamil responded that they were not objecting to an inquest application, but the proceedings should comment at the Magistrate's Court first. He argued that an originating summons to the High Court was premature and an abuse of court process.

Rosni is seeking for the inquest into the death of her husband under the Criminal Procedure Code and that his Kuala Lumpur Hospital post-mortem was handed over to her lawyers.

In a supporting affidavit, Rosni said she was informed by her son, Hadriyudin that Baharuddin died near Avenue K in Jalan Ampang.

 

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