KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 — Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed’s family will lodge a new police report on his death following claims that the Customs officer fell after being forced onto a window ledge by anti-graft investigators.
Sarbaini family lawyer Awtar Singh said police must reinvestigate the case as it was “impossible” for Sarbaini to fall from the third-floor window of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office on Jalan Cochrane here on his own accord.
“I am not saying he was killed but there might have been negligence,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.
“We suspected from early on that two suspects were involved.”
He added that the family might ask the inquest to return to the scene of Sarbaini’s death to re-enact a likely scenario of what might have happened.
Raja Petra Kamaruddin alleged on his website today that Sarbaini fell accidentally from the third-floor pantry window of the Kuala Lumpur MACC office after being forced onto the ledge by a senior MACC investigator.
The popular blogger claimed the investigator was incensed that Sarbaini wanted to retract his earlier confession, allegedly obtained under duress, and wished to punish the assistant Customs director by making him stand on the ledge.
“(The investigator) wanted Ahmad Sarbaini to ponder and reflect on his actions while standing on the edge as ‘orang macam kau ni lebih baik mati dari hidup menyusahkan orang lain’ (people like you are better off dead than alive and troubling others),” Raja Petra said.
“Nervously, Ahmad Sarbaini climbed onto the windowsill as ordered (by the investigator) who continued taunting and abusing him with insults. (Another MACC assistant superintendent) merely looked on. In that split second, Ahmad Sarbaini’s belt got stuck on the outer part of the window and he lost his balance and his life.”
He further claimed that the MACC investigator convened a “conference” with his colleagues to “brainstorm and concoct the most plausible story” to protect their careers.
A senior Kuala Lumpur MACC officer was also allegedly brought into the loop and approval from headquarters was sought, while CCTV footage was wiped to destroy evidence of what transpired, according to Raja Petra.
Selangor Customs assistant director Sarbaini was found dead after falling 10m from the third floor of the MACC office on Jalan Cochrane here on April 6.
He had confessed two days earlier to accepting between RM50 and RM100 a month from Schenker Logistics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd officer Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Zaki and between RM30 and RM200 a month from a Top Mark Freight & Shipping Sdn Bhd officer called Ah Seng.
An inquest into Sarbaini’s death was opened earlier this month and will continue on August 2.