Last Updated: 3:31pm, Nov 12, 2013
SHAH ALAM (Nov 12): Three years on, the families of three youths allegedly shot dead by police in Glenmarie, Shah Alam are still seeking answers.
Tired of waiting for updates from police on the outcome of their case, the families of Mohd Shamil Hafiz Shafie, 15, Mohd Khairul Nizam Tuah, 20, and Mohd Hanafi Omar, 22, who were gunned down in Jalan Kerjaya, Glenmarie, on Nov 13, 2010 after allegedly robbing a petrol station filed a civil suit against the police and government today.
"I have already waited for three years and I am disappointed that the police are not concerned enough to even look into the case again," said Norhafizah Mad Razali, the mother of Mohd Shamil Hafiz.
Norhafizah said she believes that the police force were trying to cover up the case and hopes that by filing the suit, justice will finally prevail.
The defendants in the civil suit, filed in Shah Alam High Court today, includes the Shah Alam district police chief, Selangor police chief, Inspector General of Police and several other unidentified police personnel.
"The victims have never been involved in any crime and the post mortem shows that they were killed in a cruel manner," said Latheefa Koya, the lawyer representing the deceased's families.
She claimed the post mortem report revealed that the victims were killed in an execution style as the trajectory of the bullet showed it was shot at close range and at a 45-degree angle.
"We are suspicious as to what happened and the post mortem just proves it," said Eric Paulsen who is also representing the plaintiffs.
The autopsy report reveals the inconsistency of the story by the police that the victims were shot as a self defense measure because they attacked the police with machetes.
"We had to file this civil suit to at least know what happened," added Latheefa.
The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages and a declaration that the defendants were deliberate and malicious in violating the human rights of the victims.
In the incident, the police claimed the three youths were members of the notorious “Geng Minyak” and were wanted for preying on petrol stations in isolated areas.
The trio were apparently fleeing the scene when they bumped into a team of policemen who were patrolling the area.
A car chase ensued. When the car skidded and stalled by the roadside some 2km away, the police said the trio alighted and tried to assault them, forcing them to open fire.
All three sustained similar gunshot wounds to the forehead and chest.