KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 28): An inquest will be held to determine the cause of death of the late fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim during the riots at a temple in Selangor last month, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.
He said attorney-general (AG) Tommy Thomas, in his capacity as the public prosecutor, will direct a magistrate to conduct the inquiry under Section 339(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
“The AG will apply to the court to set the date for the hearing as soon as possible and will assist the magistrate in conducting the inquest,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.
Muhammad Adib, of the Subang Jaya fire & rescue station, was severely injured when he arrived in the vicinity of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya, on Nov 27 to put out a car fire during riots.
Muhyiddin said the magistrate conducting the inquest will have wide powers under Section 328 of the Criminal Procedure Code to determine the cause of death.
It states that “the words ‘cause of death’ include not only the apparent cause of death as ascertainable by inspection or post-mortem examination of the body of the deceased, but also all matters necessary to enable an opinion to be formed as to the manner in which the deceased came by his death and as to whether his death resulted in any way from, or was accelerated by, any unlawful act or omission on the part of any other person”.