Thursday, December 30, 2021

Another 2 shot dead, instead of being arrested, by police? Law makes such killing of suspects a CRIME


'Adik Mat' gang leader, member killed in shootout with police

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Dec 2021

KOTA BHARU: Two men, believed to be the leader and member of the ‘Adik Mat’ gang involved in armed robbery, criminal intimidation and drug trafficking, were killed in a shootout with the police at Kampung Batu Papan, Gua Musang on Monday (Dec 27).

Kelantan Police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat said the duo, aged 29 and 36, died at the scene.

He said the shootout occurred when the police raided the gang’s hiding place, a double-storey hut in a jungle near the village at 11.30am.

"Realising the presence of the police, the two suspects opened fire and, in defence, the police responded and fired several shots which killed both of them,” he told a press conference here on Tuesday (Dec 28).

Upon search, he said police also found two semi-automatic LLama pistols and a revolver with 41 live bullets, seven bullet shells and 1,200 psychotropic pills worth RM12,000, in the hut.

Elaborating, Shafien said initial investigations found that the gang had been involved in several cases of robbery and criminal intimidation using firearms in the state over the past three years.

"Several members of the gang have been arrested before, and we believe only a few others are still at large.

"With the death of the leader, we believe we have defeated the ‘Adik Mat’ gang and solved five to eight cases of armed robbery in the state with losses estimated at RM20,000,” he said.

He said the 29-year-old gang leader had previous criminal records related to three robbery-related and nine drug-related cases.

"The 36-year-old member also had previous records related to four drug-related cases,” he said. - Bernama - Star, 28/12/2021

Section 15 Criminal Procedure Code -  Arrest, how made

(1) In making an arrest the police officer or other person making the same shall actually touch or confine the body of the person to be arrested unless there is a submission to the custody by word or action.

(2) If such person forcibly resist the endeavour to arrest him or attempt to evade the arrest such officer or other person may use all means necessary to effect the arrest.

(3) Nothing in this section gives a right to cause the death of a person who is not accused of an offence punishable with death or with imprisonment for life.

# In this case, the victims do not appear to be persons ACCUSED of  such serious offence, which if convicted would be punished with death or life imprisonment. Once accused in court, such persons most likely would not be granted bail. So, the 'shooting to death' is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE of killing a person/s - The officers responsible must be charged in Court.

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