IPOH, Oct 10 — Two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) personnel remanded for causing grievous hurt and criminal intimidation in the deaths of two of their colleagues last month, are being investigated for murder.
This brings to seven the number of Navy personnel investigated for the murder of Nik Mohd Baihaqy Nik Mat, 28, and Mohammad Lailatuliman Mohd Shuri, 26, who were detention at the Sungai Wangi Navy Communication Centre in Sitiawan, on September 29.
State Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee said the earlier remand order on the duo expired yesterday, and the application for a new remand order would be made today.
Nik Mohd Baihaqy and Mohammad Lailatuliman died after they complained of breathing difficulties, vomiting and tiredness following physical training.
Nik Mohd Baihaqy was in detention for not attending a service assignment, while Mohammad Lailatuliman was detained for being absent without approval.
Their deaths was due to bleeding in the lungs caused by blunt force trauma.
On Saturday, three of the suspects aged between 29 and 44 had their remand extended for seven days until Saturday. The following day, two more suspects, aged 24 and 31, were remanded until Sunday.
Two other victims have also lodged reports claiming they were beaten up while in detention at the centre.
They are being treated at Hospital Angkatan Tentera Lumut.
Police have recorded statements from 35 people in their investigation into the fatal abuse.
On Friday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohammad Fuzi Harun said the witnesses were made up of RMN personnel and civilians, including eight detainees who were placed at the centre during the incident.
Fuzi said police also seized 57 items and sent them to the Chemistry Department for analysis.
According to previous reports, the items included a closed-circuit television (CCTV) set, seven T-batons, a duty log book, a standard operating procedure log book, and three headphones.