Source : The Malay Mail Online
KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 ― Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali called on Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today to publicly apologise to the family of the late Aminulrasyid Amzah for criminally tainting the slain schoolboy’s name.
He said such an apology was necessary after yesterday’s High Court ruling that found Khalid ― who was Selangor police chief at the time of the teenager’s death in 2010 ― guilty of misfeasance in public office for his remark “that Aminulrasyid had tried to run over the policemen by reversing his car upon them”.
“This is a very serious condemnation of the conduct of the IGP in discharging his duties when he was the Chief Police Officer of Selangor.
“Such a finding against the country’s top police officer is an unprecedented event,” Azmin said.
He added that Khalid had been criticised by another High Court judge in another case against the police concerning the death of a detainee, A. Kugan.
“In view of the clear findings of the High Court judge, the IGP must take full responsibility for his actions and make a public apology to the family of Aminulrasyid,” Azmin said.
Yesterday, judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim ruled in favour of Aminulrasyid’s family in their civil lawsuit against the police officer who fired the killing shot, the IGP and the federal government.
In his ruling, the judge said Corporal Jenain Subi went against the Inspector-General’s Standing Orders (IGSO) when he opened fire during the April 26, 2010 incident.
The judge also said Khalid’s action in calling for a media conference at that time was to whitewash Jenain’s mistake by suggesting that the police acted after discovering a machete in the car the 14-year-old was driving.
The judge noted that there was no proof to substantiate the police claim as to when the machete was reportedly placed in the car, which was his reason for finding Khalid guilty of public misfeasance.
Misfeasance in public office is a term used when a public official makes a mistake while carrying out his duty that is technically not illegal.