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Friday, March 17, 2017

Family wants cops in kidnapping case tried for murder



The family of missing businessman K Gopala Guru wants the policemen charged with his abduction to face a murder charge as well.
Gopala's brother K Dasnamurthy told Malaysiakini that he is currently in discussion with the family's lawyer to push for the murder charge against the four policemen.
This is after one of the witnesses in the case testified at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court that he had witnessed Gopala's murder.
"So why are they only being charged with kidnapping when the witness has said that he saw my brother get shot," Dasnamurthy said when met at court today.
The family's lawyer, Quratulain Atiqah, and deputy public prosecutor Nurakmal Farhan Aziz confirmed that prosecution witness Mohd Zulfadli Mohd Dom testified that he had witnessed one of the accused shooting Gopala.
"The witness made this testimony at the previous hearing in February," said Quratulain Atiqah.
Both she and Nurakmal Farhan declined to name which of the accused was identified by Mohd Zulfadli as Gopala's killer.
Four officers, Mohd Khairul Hafiz Yaakob from the Ampang district police headquarters, as well as Khairon Zaidee Basiron, Azlan Abdul Kadir and Amran Md Sali from the Selangor police contingent, were charged in November 2015 with Gopala's abduction under Section 365 of the Penal Code.
Khairul Hafiz and Azlan are currently facing murder charges in a separate case, while Khairon Zaidee passed away last year due to natural causes.
It was reported that Gopala went missing on Feb 2, 2013, when he went to a convenience store near Jalan Cheras before being apprehended by four men.
His BMW car was found badly burnt in Ulu Yam, with the engine and chassis number unidentifiable, and the vehicle was only identified by Gobala's driver, from one of the sports rims that was not burnt.
Police have not found Gopala to date.
The court today was presented with evidence - fragments from a pair of jeans, belt and underwear, a pair of gloves, a single shoe and a shovel plate that are linked to the case.
Kuala Lumpur contingent forensics officer Zurairi Zamzam testified that the evidence was discovered in Hulu Langat on Oct 22, 2015.

Beside's the Gopala case, one of the accused, Mohd Khairul, is also one of five charged in the Selayang court on October 2015 in connection with another abduction case in Taman Seri Gombak.
This was over the kidnapping of Manogaran Raja Krishnan and Ganason Vyapuri, who were reportedly seen being taken away in handcuffs by a group of men in unmarked cars.
Police later arrested several officers and civilians in connection with their disappearance, which led to the discovery of skeletal remains in Dengkil, Selangor, and Kuala Klawang, Negeri Sembilan.- Mkini

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