KUALA LUMPUR: A policeman who investigated the death of taxi driver Baharudin Ahmad, who died during the Bersih rally on July 9, denied there was a conspiracy by the police and Kuala Lumpur Hospital to cover up the cause of death.
Sergeant Major Razali Mahmood disagreed with the suggestion by Baharudin's family lawyer, Patrick Dass, that he was "assigned to get a heart from another deceased in order to show that Baharudin had died due to a heart attack".
Razali told the coroner's court that he was in the autopsy room with a police photographer, forensic pathologist Dr Khairul Anuar, Dr Ferwahn Fairis Ab Karim and a medical officer when the autopsy was conducted on Baharudin's body on
July 9 last year.He said the autopsy began at 11.30pm and was completed at 2.45am. Dass: Was there a CCTV inside the room?
Razali: I'm not sure. Dass: Baharudin's daughter, who was then doing her housemanship, had requested to be in the room, but you did not allow her. Why?
Razali: That's the procedure. He also disagreed with Dass' suggestion that Baharudin's heart was switched with another heart during the post-mortem.
Another lawyer for Baharudin's family Ahmad Jufliz Faiza had earlier suggested that the heart, which was claimed to be that of Baharudin, was actually that of another deceased person named "Sulaiman Ramli", whose body was brought to Kuala Lumpur Hospital the same day.
Jufliz: When the post-mortem was conducted, was there any other post-mortem done at the same time?
Razali: There was only Baharudin's body in the autopsy room. He said when he first saw Baharudin's body at the HKL pathology department he did not see any external injury on his upper body. "However, there was still a tube in his mouth," said Razali.
Hearing before coroner Zulkpli Abdullah continues on May 2.