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Two accused in Sosilawati murder allege abuse

SHAH ALAM, July 6 — Two young men charged with murdering cosmetics tycoon Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others today accused the police’s elite special actions unit (UTK) officers of mistreatment.

T. Thailayangan’s lawyer Gurbachan Singh told the High Court here today that four UTK officers had stripped his 20-year-old client naked yesterday at the Kajang prison, and instructed him to insert his own finger into his anus.

“He refused to do so. He was threatened to be beaten,” said Gurbachan at Sosilawati’s sensational murder trial today.

“(Then, he was) forced to do push-ups using his knuckles on an iron bar,” he added.

R. Matan’s lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad said the UTK officers had similarly stripped his 20-year-old client at the same prison and told the latter to spread his buttock cheeks.

Gurbachan said the officers had suspected both plantation workers of hiding lighters in their private parts.

“I take it quite seriously. This kind of thing shouldn’t happen,” said Judge Datuk Akhtar Tahir.

Akhtar instructed the deputy public prosecutors to help identify the UTK officers involved.

Former lawyer N. Pathmanabhan, Thailayangan, Matan and plantation worker R. Kathavarayan are accused of murdering Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, banker Noorhisham Mohamad, 37, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 31, on Pathmanabhan’s farm at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting.

The four were allegedly killed on August 30, 2010, between 8.30pm and 9.45pm, before their bodies were burnt and their ashes thrown into a river.

Pathmanabhan, Thailayangan, Matan and Kathavarayan are charged under section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.