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Family of late soldier wants justice

IPOH: The family of late soldier Abdul Aziz Aznam, who reportedly fell from the third floor of a residential building at a military camp in Batu Pahat, Johor, on Aug 28 hopes justice will prevail in the end.

“We will let the authorities conduct a thorough investigation … Only Allah knows the truth … may justice prevail,” his brother Mohamad Amirulnaim Aznam, 23, said when contacted today.

Mohamad Amirulnaim said this when asked to comment about a report today that no elements linked to physical abuse were found on the body of his 20-year-old brother, according to a statement from the Royal Malaysian Army yesterday.

The statement said that the autopsy was carried out by a specialist from Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru, a day after the deceased was pronounced dead on Sept 6.

It stated that there were no other physical injuries on the body that could be linked to elements of crime or abuse.

According to the statement, Abdul Aziz had reported to the 10th Battalion Royal Malay Army Regiment on Aug 28 after being absent without leave for some time.

On Monday, it was reported that the victim had complained to family members about the bullying and physical assaults he had to endure at the camp.

Among others, Abdul Aziz had claimed that he was repeatedly punched and his cheeks grazed with a metal wire brush, according to a source.

The source claimed Abdul Aziz appeared dishevelled and sustained facial scars when he returned home in Bandar Baru Putra, Bercham in January.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador today said police have taken statements from several individuals to determine what happened before the victim fell off the building.

Abdul Hamid said they would investigate if the victim was threatened, pressured or abused before the incident.

“We have recorded statements to determine if the victim made such a decision because he was afraid or were there any other factors.” he said.–NST

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